Public forums to discuss criteria for Oregon District charitable fund

An Oregon District reminder of how the community came together after Aug. 4. BONNIE MEIBERS/STAFF
An Oregon District reminder of how the community came together after Aug. 4. BONNIE MEIBERS/STAFF

Fund has reached nearly $3 million

A pair of public forums will be held later this month to discuss the criteria for distributing donated money to victims of the Aug. 4 Oregon District mass shooting and their families.

The Community Oversight Committee of the Dayton Oregon District Tragedy Fund, as the committee is called, will host two public forums from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 6 to 7:30 p.m., Sept. 16 at Sinclair Community College building 12, 444 W. Third St.

Members of the community are invited to attend either session to share comments and suggestions about a draft of a protocol for disbursement of money to victims and families.

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The protocol establishes guidelines for who will be eligible to receive donations. One hundred percent of all contributions to the fund will assist the families whose loved ones were taken and individuals who were severely injured in the shooting, the foundation said.

On Aug. 23, that fund had reached nearly $2 million, bolstered by donations from across the country and the world. As of Thursday afternoon, the total was closer to $3 million, with additional pledges and contributions expected until the fund closes.

The protocol draft will be available for review starting Monday at www.daytonfoundation.org.

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, are co-chairing the committee and will attend the sessions. Moderating the forums will be Kathy Hollingsworth, president of Innovative InterChange. A sign language interpreter will be at both sessions.

Parking for the sessions will be available under Sinclair’s building 12 and will be free.

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For more information, visit www.daytonfoundation.org and click the link for the Dayton Oregon District Tragedy Fund, LLC or email TragedyFund@daytonfoundation.org. Donations to the fund may also be made at the foundation's web site.

The foundation established the fund in the hours after the Aug. 4 mass shooting that took 10 lives, including the shooter’s.

The 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.

Donations may also be made by texting DAYTON to 20222 for a one-time $10 donation, or by sending a check to the foundation at 1401 S. Main St., 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.

The foundation is waiving all administrative fees and paying all credit card processing fees for donations to the fund.