The Dayton Foundation is convening 16 volunteers to oversee the disbursement of the Dayton Oregon District Tragedy Fund — a fund that has reached nearly $2 million, the foundation’s president said Friday.
So far, nearly 4,300 individual gifts have been made to the fund, created within 12 hours of the Aug. 4 mass shooting in Dayton’s Oregon District, an event which left 10 individuals dead, including the shooter.
Co-chairing the newly formed committee are Brother Raymond Fitz, former president of the University of Dayton, and Gary LeRoy, associate dean for student affairs and admission at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine and former chair of the foundation’s Governing Board.
“As the volunteer Community Oversight Committee for this compensation fund, we absolutely want to do what is in the best interest of these individuals while upholding the intent of the thousands of donors who have generously contributed to the fund for the benefit of others,” Fitz said in a foundation statement released Friday morning.
Nonvoting, ex officio committee members providing pro bono assistance include: Chuck Craft, Tyler Small, Joe Oehlers, Cory Paul and Erin Ritter, the foundation said.
“Our community is grieving, and we’re doing our due diligence to be sure that these heartfelt contributions are distributed in an equitable, transparent and timely manner,” LeRoy said. “We’re consulting with national experts and community foundation leadership who have experienced similar mass tragedies to help provide guidance as we work through this process.”