Cox Media Group Ohio raises nearly $300K for Dayton-area tornado relief

Cox Media Group Ohio (CMGO) and its media brands, WHIO-TV, the Dayton Daily News, K99.1 FM and 1290 and 95.7 WHIO have helped raise nearly $300,000 for tornado relief across the Dayton-area.

This effort started with a partnership with The Dayton FoodBank that raised over $170,000.

The James M. Cox Foundation also donated $120,000, which will be split between The FoodBank, the Dayton Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Dayton Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund.

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“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,” CMGO Market Vice President Rob Rohr said.

CMGO, The FoodBank and other area companies and organizations also set up eight mobile food distribution sites in the communities hit the hardest by the tornadoes; Harrison Twp., Old North Dayton, Brookville, Beavercreek and Trotwood.

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Over 100 employees helped at those sites 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,” The Dayton FoodBank Chief Executive Officer Michelle Riley said. “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.”

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The public can continue to support tornado recovery efforts by donating to the following:

  • CMGO will continue to accept donations through June 28 at or any other CMGO 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 expanded their hours and opened a drive-thru food pantry, provided mobile food units in damaged neighborhoods and worked with hundreds of other food pantries and groups to provide food
  • The Dayton Foundation set up the Greater Dayton Disaster Relief Fund, where all funds get distributed to vetted non-profit organizations that are helping others get back on their feet.

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