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Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley appeared on stage at the Gem City Shine benefit show.
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Thousands of people were in downtown Dayton Sunday for comedian Dave Chappelle's Gem City Shine benefit show. 

Chappelle and the city of Dayton organized the recently announced concert to raise money for The Dayton Foundation’s Oregon District Tragedy Fund, and help hard-hit Oregon District businesses recover after the Aug. 4 attack. 

 

Dave Chappelle
John Bauld from Toronto, Canada - Dave Chappelle, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=73109740

Dave Chappelle has announced a free benefit show in response to the recent Oregon District mass shooting that left nine people dead and more than 30 others injured.

The Gem City Shine show is intended to help neighborhood businesses recover after the attack, and raise money for The Dayton Foundation’s Oregon District Tragedy Fund, says the Downtown Dayton Partnership’s Sandy Gudorf.

She says the idea for the show was born after the entertainer contacted the city offering to help.

Comedian Dave Chappelle will be awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor this year, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has announced.

The stand-up comic, actor, producer and director joins a prestigious group of comedians to receive the award. Among them are Carol Burnett, Whoopi Goldberg, Bob Newhart and Richard Pryor — who won the very first Twain Prize in 1998.

Local film student Brittany Shyne is premiering her short film The Painted Lady at the Big Lens Film Festival on Thursday at the Neon Theater in Dayton. Both shows are sold out, but plans for another showing are in the works according to filmmaker Steve Bognar.