Deadline to comment on Oregon District Tragedy Fund is today

A recent Dayton Foundation town hall meeting at Sinclair Community College.
A recent Dayton Foundation town hall meeting at Sinclair Community College.

The deadline to offer comments on the distribution of the Oregon District Tragedy Fund is today.

Comments may be sent to TragedyFund@daytonfoundation.org by noon, said a Dayton Foundation representative.

With an estimated fund balance standing at about $3 million, some 75 percent of that amount would go to families or estate representatives of deceased individuals, according to a draft protocol for fund distribution.

That’s about $2.25 million total for the nine people killed in the Aug. 4 shooting spree on East Fifth Street — or about $250,000 per family or estate.

Smaller percentages will be set aside for those who were injured, according to the draft. Twenty percent of the fund — about $600,000 — will go to those who had been hospitalized for 48 hours or more after the shooting. Another 5 percent (about $150,000) would go to those who had been treated by a doctor or a hospital within 48 hours of the mass shooting.

It’s unclear what the final fund total will be or many applications from injured people the foundation will receive. Oct. 31 is the final day to donate, and that day is also the deadline for applications seeking funds.

Donations to the fund may be made online at www.daytonfoundation.org/oregontragedy or by texting DAYTON to 20222 for a one-time $10 donation. Checks also may be sent to the Dayton Foundation at 1401 S. Main Street, Suite 100, Dayton, OH 45409. "Dayton Oregon District Tragedy Fund" should be designated on the check or in the credit card form's fund name field.

Final, approved protocol and application forms will be available online at the Dayton Foundation web site, www.daytonfoundation.org, in the month of October. Completed application forms must be submitted along with all required documentation.

Money will be distributed in late November.

The Oregon District shooting victims were: Derrick Fudge, 57; Lois Oglesby, 27; Saeed Saleh, 38; Logan Turner, 30; Nicholas Cumer, 25; Thomas McNichols, 25; Beatrice Warren-Curtis, 36; Monica Brickhouse, 39; and Megan Betts, 22. Dayton police killed the shooter, Betts’ brother, in the event.