“We wanted to have the victims’ family members involved, and all the other cities that I talked to said you have to give space and give them some time. So if you look at cities like Parkland and others, they still don’t have their permanent memorials because you want to make sure people are ready to come to the table,” Whaley said. “We’re not in a super hurry about it. We want it to be thoughtful and meaningful.”
The Dayton Foundation has established a fund to receive donations for the permanent memorial. It currently has received just under $45,000, according to foundation spokeswoman Christine Smith.
Donations for the establishment of a permanent memorial can be made through the Dayton Foundation website or by check, sent to the Dayton Foundation, 1401 S. Main St., Suite 100, Dayton, Ohio 45409. “Memorial Fund for the Oregon District” or “Fund #8375″ should be designated on the check memo line.