Next Up: Donors Will Award $2,500 Grants To A Neighborhood Small Business, A Service Industry Employee, A Band/Musician And A Visual Artist.

Back on May 15, we announced the Deep Ellum 100 campaign and its aim to provide some relief to the Deep Ellum pillars hardest-hit by economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.

Now, we’re excited to report that the campaign’s goal of raising $10,000 for its cause has been reached!

“A heartfelt thank you goes out to each and every one of you who helped us reach our $10,000 goal!” Deep Ellum 100 organizer Gianna Madrini says of the fundraising effort. “We are humbled to see people from all over our fair city show up to support the Deep Ellum neighborhood during these uncertain times. Despite stay-at-home orders in place, and an unclear vision of what comes next, so many of you joined together to help the people and small businesses that are the soul of our community. Our goal is to preserve Deep Ellum as a vital cultural entertainment hub, and your support means the world to us in our efforts to accomplish this mission.”

A video featuring Dallas dancer, rapper and designer Leon The Professional shared to social media over the weekend lists the campaign’s donors — or its “People Who Give A Damn.”

Fundraising efforts now complete, campaign organizers and donors will review all assistance applications received and select one applicant from each of the following four categories to receive a $2,500 grant:

  • a restaurant, bar or other small, independent business
  • a service industry employee
  • a band or musician
  • a visual artist

Donors will receive more instruction over the selection process over email. A Zoom meeting detail the process will also be broadcast live on social media in the name of transparency.

No, Deep Ellum doesn’t quite look like its old self right now.

But in the coming weeks, thanks to the heartfelt donations of those who give a damn, a little relief will be on the way.

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