Jes McMillan, founder of The Mosaic Institute of Greater Dayton, along with her staff, designed a mosaic mural, "9 Doves," to commemorate the nine people killed in the Oregon District shooting. LISA POWELL / STAFF

Dayton theater-goers ‘empty wallets’ into buckets for mass shooting victims

Diane Schoeffler-Warren says it was an amazing sight to see. 

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An announcement was made from the stage following a recent staging of “Book of Mormon” at the Schuster Center  that donations would be accepted for victims of the Aug. 4 mass shooting in the Oregon District, the Victoria Theatre Association spokeswoman told this news organization. 

Theater-goers responded in a big way. 

Theater staff and cast members collected $23,934.43 in buckets at the door. 

“This was just people opening their wallets and basically emptying them into these buckets,” Schoeffler-Warren said.  

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A check will be presented to the Dayton Foundation in support of the Dayton Oregon District Tragedy Fund. 

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“We, at Victoria Theatre Association, are amazed and humbled,” Victoria Theatre Association President Ty Sutton said. “Thanks to the cast and crew of THE BOOK OF MORMON for embracing Dayton and joining the effort.

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“The sheer generosity of our community never ceases to amaze us. On behalf of VTA staff and Board of Trustees, thank you for giving from the heart.” 

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