This week, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and the Oregon District Business Association announced the formation of the new committee. The move comes more than two years after mass shooting that left nine people dead and many others wounded and traumatized on the morning of Aug. 4, 2019.
Sandy Gudorf, president of the Downtown Dayton Partnership and co-chair of the new 8/4 Memorial Committee, said it is imperative to take the time to get this right and create a memorial that the community wants and deserves.
One of the first steps will be to collect community feedback, which will begin during a Community Resiliency Forum at the library on Thursday.
Community members who wish to participate can RSVP at email@example.com or call or text 937-985-1628 by Wednesday, Oct. 20.
The Downtown Dayton Partnership and the Oregon District Business Association plan to post a link to a survey that asks for feedback about a memorial. Their websites are: www.downtowndayton.org and www.theoregondistrict.org.
“The 8/4 Memorial Committee will be working with survivors, victims’ families and those directly affected in our community, but also is seeking input from our community, because we recognize the impact it had on us all,” said Sandy Hunt, co-chair of the new committee and director of the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office’s victim/witness division.
The committee members are:
Sandy Gudorf, Co-Chair, President, Downtown Dayton Partnership
Sandy Hunt, Co-Chair, Director, Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office, Victim/Witness Division
Chris Shaw, Dayton City Commissioner
Holly Hornbeak, City of Dayton
Natalie Skilliter, President, Oregon District Business Association
Linda Ashworth, Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce
Brian Zamostny, City of Dayton, Division of Civil Engineering
Rob Jones, Ferncliff Funeral Home and Oregon District Resident
Dion Green, Founder and CEO Fudge Foundation
LaSandra James, Mother of Lois Oglesby
Kevin J. Gray, Westchester Education Services and ODBA Trustee
Bethany Ramsey, Puff Apothecary
Michelle Lovely, The Dayton Foundation
Samantha Elder, Montgomery County ADAMHS
Austin Smith, GM, Ned Peppers and the Hole in the Wall
Dana Graham, ODBA Trustee