Due to the damage done by the tornadoes that hit Dayton in May, 2019, Scene75 Dayton will not be opening June and July 2019.
On May 27th 2019, 15 tornadoes tore through Dayton. Scene75 Dayton suffered significant damage. Large portions of our roof blew away. Sprinkler pipes broke, flooding much of the building. Several air conditioning units are no longer on our roof and frankly, can’t be found. Walls that once stood nearly 36 feet tall crumbled to the ground.
Yet despite the physical damage, I am forever grateful of the outcome. No one was injured, and my team members still have homes to return to at night. I am afraid that many of our neighbors were not as fortunate, and our hearts go out to all of them. If there is anything we can do as we work tirelessly to clean and rebuild here, my team and I are ready to support. This is our community. This is our home.
Hemingway once explained that ‘the world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.’ Dayton has many broken places right now. But from these breaks, strength has already surfaced. I have seen people without homes helping others. I have seen businesses provide shelter for those in need. And I have seen my own team stay late into the night to try to do anything they can to repair this dream. The beauty is endless if one takes a pause to look, even during times of darkness.
So where does this leave Scene75 Dayton? While my team suffers in disbelief, there is no time for us to stand still. As many of our team members wade through and inventory the wreckage, another group of us have assembled (in a still wet room inside the building) plans for the rebuild. Scene75 is on the verge of being bigger and better than ever — wait till you see what we have in mind! It just may take us several months to get there. All other Scene75 locations remain open and eager for you to visit. (Cincinnati, Cleveland, Pittsburgh)
At this time, I ask for your continued support and patience. Many have asked how they can help us. My response is a sincere thank you but to please not worry about us. We will be just fine. Direct your efforts to those who are in most need of immediate assistance – those rebuilding their homes or families. When the time does come for our grand reopening in Dayton, we hope you will help us at that point in time with an outpouring of support. Until then, know that my team and I will be giving this our best as that is what our community deserves.
Scene75. Bigger. Better. Stronger. Dayton Proud.
Jonah, Founder and CEO