Dave Chappelle to host Oregon District benefit event in wake of Dayton shooting

Comedian Dave Chappelle speaks on stage at the RUSH Philanthropic Arts Foundation’s Art for Life Benefit at Fairview Farms in Water Mill on Saturday, July 18, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP)
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DAYTON, Ohio — The day after Dayton was blindsided by a mass shooting that killed nine people, the mayor of Dayton got an email from someone who asked how they could help the city and the Oregon District.

That someone was comedian Dave Chappelle of Yellow Springs, Ohio.

Now, Chappelle is hosting a free show Sunday for residents of Dayton.

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The event, called “Gem City Shine”, will honor the lives lost in the Aug. 4 shooting and reclaim the community’s Oregon District.

“There will be several ways for attendees to contribute to both The Dayton Foundation’s Oregon District Tragedy Fund and Oregon District Business Association, which is assisting local businesses with recovery,” according to the event post on Facebook.

The benefit concert will also feature local and national entertainment throughout the afternoon and evening.

Event guests are encouraged to shop and dine at Oregon District stores and restaurants. Food vendors and beer trucks will also be available. Commemorative T-shirts are also free with a minimum donation of $20 with the proceeds going toward the Dayton Foundation.

“Dave recognizes that this is a part of our community that's really important to us,” said Mayor Nan Whaley. “It's where diversity lives and people celebrate, so we wanted to get that celebration back here and I don't think there's any better way that for Dave Chappelle to come."

Tickets, available to Dayton residents, were free and only needed to be registered. Ticketmaster says registration is currently closed. However, the Facebook event page says to check back in the event more spots open.

For more details on the event, click here.