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Oregon District Tragedy Fund On Track To Raise $1 Million

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Jerry Kenney
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The Dayton Foundation says a fund set up to help victims of the mass shooting is on track to raise more than a million dollars. As of Monday afternoon, individuals had donated around $620,000 to the Dayton Oregon District Tragedy Fund. The foundation set up the fund early on August 4th - just hours after a gunman killed nine people and injured more than two dozen others.

Vice President of Development and Donor Services at the Dayton Foundation Michelle Lovely says corporations are also contributing in a big way.

"We've seen at the Dayton Foundation, so much tragedy in the past several months, but one thing that we've consistently seen is the commitment to giving back into helping others. Truly, an outpouring of love and compassion for the victims and it's been really heartwarming just to see little kids come in with their six dollars that they raised from a lemonade stand to big corporations that are doing massive gifts. You never think some of these things would happen right here at home. It's just been so wonderful to kind of see the community just dig in and stay strong."

People can donate to the Dayton Oregon District Tragedy Fund in several ways - checks can be mailed or taken in to the Dayton Foundation using fund number #8365. You can also donate through the foundation’s website or by texting the Dayton to 20222.

The foundation says they’ll have the fund open for the next thirty to sixty days and in that time they’ll determine how the funds will be dispersed.

 

After joining the WYSO staff in 2009, Juliet developed WYSO’s digital and social media strategy, working closely with her colleagues on daily news coverage. In July 2021, Juliet stepped into a new role, becoming WYSO’s Music Director. An avid music fan and former record store employee, Juliet continues to host her two music shows, Alpha Rhythms and Kaleidoscope, which features studio performances from local musicians every week.
Jerry Kenney was introduced to WYSO by a friend and within a year of first tuning in became an avid listener and supporter. He began volunteering at the station in 1991 and began hosting Alpha Rhythms in February of 1992. Jerry joined the WYSO staff in 2007 as a host of All Things Considered and soon transitioned into hosting Morning Edition. In addition to now hosting All Things Considered, Jerry is the host and producer of WYSO Weekend, WYSO's weekly news and arts magazine. He has also produced several radio dramas for WYSO in collaboration with local theater companies. Jerry has won several Ohio AP awards as well as an award from PRINDI for his work with the WYSO news department. Jerry says that the best part of his job is being able to talk to people in the community and share their experiences with WYSO listeners.