FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Val Beerbower, Downtown
Dayton Partnership, 937-224-1518 ext. 230
DAYTON, Ohio (August 21, 2019) – In the wake of recent tragedy in Dayton’s Oregon District, several community
partners have come together to present Gem City Shine, an Oregon District Benefit Concert and Community
Event, hosted by Dave Chappelle, on Sunday, August 25, from 4 to 10 p.m. This event is free, but a ticket is
required for admission. Visit Ticketmaster.com to secure up to two free tickets for the event. Tickets to this event are
restricted to residents of Dayton, Ohio, and the surrounding areas. Patrons must register via Verified Fan on
This event will honor the lives lost and to reclaim the community’s favorite places to shop, dine and enjoy time with
family and friends. 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.
Local and national entertainment will be featured on a main stage located near Fifth Street and Wayne Avenue, with
performances throughout the late afternoon and evening.
In preparation for the event, Fifth Street will be closed between Patterson Boulevard and Wayne Avenue as early as
6 a.m. Sunday morning, with additional closures along Wayne Avenue between Fourth and Van Buren streets, and
will reopen late Sunday night to early Monday morning. Free parking is available at the University of Dayton Arena
lots A, B and C, with complimentary shuttles provided by Greater Dayton RTA.
Event guests are encouraged to shop at Oregon District stores and dine at the many restaurants and pubs.
Additional food vendors and beer trucks will be on hand to provide refreshments for purchase. Commemorative tshirts
will also be free with a minimum donation of $20, with proceeds benefiting the tragedy fund at the Dayton
Foundation. The food pavilion and family entertainment area will be located in the parking lot adjacent to Omega
Music near the Fifth and Patterson intersection on the east side of the District. Guests are encouraged to visit this
location to participate in a community art project. Beer trucks, soda/water stations, t-shirt stations, and donation
stations will be located at several places throughout the District.
Volunteers are needed to make this event a success! Visit DowntownDayton.org to sign up for a preferred activity
and time shift.
This is a weapon-free event; security stations with metal detectors will be set up at each gate. Attendees should
plan for extra time to check in. For safety concerns, and to expedite the check-in process, please do not bring large
purses, backpacks, or other large bags.
No professional cameras allowed except for credentialed members of the media. For the enjoyment of all
audience members, Dave Chappelle encourages the attendees to “live in the moment” and simply enjoy the
experience rather than record via cellphone.
Gem City Shine is organized and hosted by the Oregon District Business Association, the Downtown Dayton
Partnership, the City of Dayton, the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, Dayton Police Department, the Dayton-
Montgomery County Convention & Visitors Bureau, The Dayton Foundation, Greater Dayton RTA, and numerous
other partners and donors.
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