DAYTON, OH (June 23, 2019) – Cox Media Group Ohio and its media brands, including WHIO-TV, the Dayton Daily News and K99.1 FM, and 1290 and 95.7 WHIO have helped raise nearly $300,000 in the past month for tornado relief across the Dayton community.
It started with a partnership with the Dayton Foodbank. Thanks to viewers, listeners, and readers, they have raised more than $170,000 so far, just for the Foodbank.
In addition, the James M. Cox Foundation has generously donated $120,000 for the Dayton community. That money will be split equally between the Foodbank, the Dayton chapter of the American Red Cross and the Dayton Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund.
“In times of community need, I am so proud to work in the local media and for Cox Media Group, where our mission to inform and save lives goes hand-in-hand with our corporate values of helping the community be a better place for the future,” said Rob Rohr, market vice president for Cox Media Group Ohio. “We can have such an immediate and significant impact in helping our neighbors. It’s truly inspiring.”
Cox Media Group Ohio also worked with the Foodbank and other area companies and organizations to set up 8 mobile food distribution sites in the communities hardest hit by the tornadoes — Harrison Township, Old North Dayton, Brookville, Beavercreek and Trotwood. More than 100 employees manned those sites, helping to distribute food to thousands of impacted families.
“The Foodbank team is incredibly grateful for the support of Cox Media Group and its listeners, readers, and viewers,” said Michelle Riley, the chief executive officer of the Dayton Foodbank. “Thanks to your generosity, the Foodbank has held eight disaster relief Mobile Farmers’ Markets in areas most at need for emergency food assistance, as well as operated our drive-through food pantry every day throughout the month of June. With the support of Cox Media Group, we are dedicated to continuing to meet the increased food needs of our community for months to come. Thank you for making this important work possible.”
WHIO-TV, chief meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs, and Cheryl McHenry were the first to warn area residents of imminent tornado danger – on-air and with digital alerts. WHIO Radio, K99.1 FM and WZLR all went live simultaneously with storm warnings. The Dayton Daily News asked questions of accountability, dug deep into the issues and broke out damage by each community. Additionally, Dayton.com brought the community together with stories of survival and ways to help.
“We want to give a special thank you to all the people who watch Channel 7, read our newspapers, listen to our radio stations and visit our websites — those who joined us to raise these funds. This is a huge start, but there is more work to be done,” Rohr said. “Our brands will continue our diligence as the community recovers. It will take months, perhaps years, but we will be there all the way on this journey to recovery.”
You can continue to support the tornado recovery efforts by donating your time and money to the people and groups helping to rebuild our community:
- CMGO will continue to accept donations through June 28 at www.whio.com/tornadorelief, www.daytondailynews.com/tornadorelief or any other Cox Media Group Ohio website.
- The Dayton chapter of the American Red Cross has set up shelters throughout the region and provided debit cards for families in need to buy necessities.
- The Dayton Foodbank has played an integral role in feeding our community for years, but specifically since the tornadoes hit. It has expanded hours and opened a drive-through food pantry, provided mobile food units in storm-damaged neighborhoods and worked with hundreds of food pantries and community groups to provide food for those in need.
- The Dayton Foundation set up the Greater Dayton Disaster Relief Fund. All funds raised by this account will be distributed to vetted nonprofit organizations that are helping others get back on their feet after catastrophic events, now and in the future.
For more information, contact Emily Broughton at Emily.Broughton@coxinc.com.