58 Strong is a California 501c3 Non-Profit Corporation. It was created to assist the minor children that lost a parent in the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival mass shooting that occurred on October 1, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada. 58 Strong established a Donor Advised Fund with the largest non-profit resource center in the nation, One OC. All donations made to 58 Strong are recognized as a 501c3 tax-deductible donation.
To enhance the lives of the minor children left behind from the Route 91 Tragedy.
Melissa was born in Burlingame, CA. Having a father in the Military, her family frequently moved before settling in Irvine. Melissa earned a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Criminal Justice & Law from Cal State Fullerton. She then moved to Washington, D.C., where she earned a Master's degree in Public Administration & Law from the George Washington University. Melissa has worked in the legal system for over 12 years and she currently works in corporate law. Law, however, is not Melissa's only passion. To say Melissa is obsessed with country music is a bit of an understatement. Route 91 is one of Melissa's favorite festivals and she attended Route 91 all four years. After surviving the shooting, Melissa formed 58 Strong, a California nonprofit, to assist the minor children that lost a parent. "A country concert is the very last place you'd ever expect something like this to happen. That night is still surreal. Unless you were there, you can't imagine the fear, pain and heartache we experienced. We will never get over that night. We will learn how to deal and cope with it on a daily basis. Be understanding, be kind and be there for each other. "-Melissa
Mike was born in Orange County, CA. The first son of a US Marine & Southern Belle, Mike was brought up with a sense of respect and compassion. Mike spent his childhood years in the SoCal area, but now calls Las Vegas, NV, home. Mike worked Route 91 all four years. Having the pleasure of greeting/mingling with people as they made their way into the festival, the Route 91 family holds a special place in Mike's heart. Mike feels a sense of obligation to the people affected by the horrific events that night. On the night of the shooting, Mike suffered the loss of a close family friend, Laura Shipp. Mike’s father worked for Laura’s family for over 30 years. Shortly after the shooting, Mike had an idea to get a group of Route 91 fam together to watch his favorite team-the Angels. So, he posted his idea on Facebook as he believed this would be an excellent way for survivors to connect and begin the healing process. Melissa responded "I think I can make that happen." Little did they know what would transpire from that post. "I am grateful to have the opportunity to give so many fabulous people a chance to rise up on June 3rd in honor of our 58 friends and family lost-Michael Hrustyk."
58 Strong's Donor Advisory Fund/501c3 Fiscal Sponsor. 58 Strong is honored to work with Dan and his team at One OC. "Dan has more than 35 years of nonprofit leadership experience as chief executive officer, community leader, board chairperson, organization consultant, coach and trainer. Since 2000, he has been retained as a consultant for more than 125 Southern California nonprofits, focusing on business and strategic planning, organizational development, leadership coaching, and program evaluation." Dan and his team have provided invaluable information and assistance to 58 Strong, and we are very grateful to have them on board. You can learn more about Dan and One OC at: www.oneoc.org
OneOC’s mission is “accelerating nonprofit success.” OneOC provides volunteer, training, consulting and business services for nonprofits to help them become as efficient and effective as they are passionate about their missions. In 2018, OneOC commemorates 60 years of connecting nonprofits, companies, and volunteers together to create greater social impact for Orange County." 58 Strong is honored to work with OneOC as they have been the foundation for our success.