IRVING, TX (Nexstar) – The Nexstar Media Charitable Foundation announced the donation of $60,000 to two funds established by The Dayton Foundation on behalf of WDTN-TV, Nexstar Broadcasting’s television station serving the greater Dayton area.
The Greater Dayton Disaster Relief Fund was created to benefit the thousands of residents affected by 15 tornadoes that ripped through the Dayton area last spring. The Dayton Oregon District Tragedy Fund was created after the tragic mass shooting in the city’s Oregon District on August 4th. The $60,000 donation was presented to the foundation by WDTN-TV Vice President and General Manager Joe Abouzeid in a ceremony during Five on 2 Friday afternoon.
“The resiliency shown by our friends and neighbors spotlights what Dayton Strong is all about,” said Abouzeid. “When a tragedy like this strikes, Nexstar and its employees come together and help one another and those most in need. We are all family. Giving back to the communities we serve in 115 markets across the country is core to Nexstar’s mission and we are proud to make this donation of $60,000 on behalf of WDTN-TV, Nexstar, and all of the company’s 13,000 employees.”
The Memorial Day tornadoes destroyed more than 1,200 structures and damaged more than 5,700 across the Dayton area. The Oregon District mass shooting claimed nine lives.
Dion Green lost his father, Derrick Fudge, in the mass shooting, and is preparing to spend his first holiday season without him.
“Life doesn’t stop. When stuff goes bad, life still goes on, bills still have to be paid, you have to keep providing for the family,” he said.
In May, a tornado hit Green’s neighborhood near I-75 and Wagoner Ford Road. His home is now repaired thanks to community support that has carried over from one tragedy to the next.
Part of that support comes from The Dayton Foundation’s Oregon District Tragedy Fund.
Meanwhile, displaced tornado victims are slowly regaining a sense of normalcy. Reclaiming their lives has been made easier thanks to generous donations across the Miami Valley.
Marshall James moved to Trotwood to start a new life for his family, but as soon as the Memorial Day tornadoes hit, he knew he’d have to move again. He also knew it wouldn’t be easy.
“Everything was taken from me, so now the aftermath…it’s a really hard thing trying to get everything back,” he said.
Partnerships The Dayton Foundation has formed to disperse tornado relief funds are helping him become whole again.
“The Dayton Foundation, on behalf of the Greater Dayton community, is so honored to accept these generous gifts from Nexstar Media Charitable Foundation and WDTN-TV for both the Greater Dayton Disaster Relief Fund and the Dayton Oregon District Tragedy Fund,” said Michelle Lovely, Vice President of Development and Donor Services for The Dayton Foundation. “The outpouring of support and compassion for our community and the individuals and families most impacted by the Memorial Day tornadoes and the Oregon District mass shooting is nothing short of heartwarming. These gifts will provide much needed resources to help our community get back on its feet in the months and years to come.”
The Nexstar Media Charitable Foundation’s mission is to contribute to and work with public charities and non-profit organizations to improve the communities in which Nexstar Media and its subsidiaries do business. The foundation was originally established in 1958 and it makes donations of approximately $350,000 annually.