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Published: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 @ 6:46 AM
— A river of creative T-shirts have been designed to celebrate the strength of the Miami Valley since the Memorial Day tornadoes and Aug. 4 mass shooting.
This one celebrates Dayton’s skyline.
“The skyline of Dayton has become something that inspires me. Every time I see the skyline, I see resilience, power, love and a community of people that is rising up to make beauty out of ashes, said Kristen Frank, the guest experience director of Medway Church in New Carlisle.
Frank’s “Dayton Strong” T-shirts will be sold at DaytonStrong CityFest, a benefit in support of those affected by both the Aug. 4 mass shooting and 15 tornadoes set for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22 at Levitt Pavilion in Dave Hall Plaza in downtown Dayton.
Medway Church is the chief organizer of the event.
The Dayton Strong T-shirts in kid sizes up to 5XL will be sold for $15 each.
The Bella + Canvas shirts contain cotton and polyester.
Frank, an organizer of the event has a background in photography, marketing and design.
She said her concept is meant to represent the community.
“No, it’s not a giant cityscape with lots of huge buildings like you see in cities with hundreds of thousands more people. But to me it represents a community that could be known for the way we love people, and THAT is a place I’m proud to be a part of. We are Dayton strong,” she told this news organization.
The free, family-friendly event includes performances by the Funk Lab Dance Center and a list of musical acts that includes Nashville-based Hasting & Co.; Chris Jobe,a pop singer and songwriter who appeared on “Songland);” Alexis Gomez, a past contestant on “American Idol” and The American Landscape.