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West Side Market: Where the donations will go

12:02 AM, Feb 19, 2013   |    comments
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OHIO CITY -- When a fire closed down the historic West Side Market, it caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost inventory and productivity.

But supporters of the beloved market stepped up and held fundraisers and donation drives to help the vendors make up for what was lost.

Here's a breakdown of who helped and how the funds raised will be used.

(Note: we tried to include as many organizations as we could find, but some may have inadvertently been left off this list.)

The Michael Symon Foundation:

Cleveland's most famous chef spearheaded the Market Vendor Relief campaign. The campaign collected online donations, and allowed local restaurants to donate a percentage of proceeds to the cause.

Symon spread the word on Twitter and Facebook and even mentioned it on the talk show "The Chew."

Symon says donations came in from around the country. 

His foundation isn't done tallying the collection but he estimates the Market Vendor Relief campaign raised over $30,000. 

Included in that number is $13,000 in sales of commemorative t-shirts made by CLE Clothing, a local business.

Symon plans to divide the donations evenly among the West Side Market vendors.

At Market Garden Brewery, 20 percent of the proceeds of the Market Recovery Lager raised approximately $6,000.

Restauranteur Sam McNulty says he is talking with Ohio City, Incorporated, about how to make the best use of the donations.

Speaking of Ohio City Incorporated, a spokesperson for the fiscal agency for market fundraising says OCI received $5,000 in donations for capitol improvement projects after the fire. OCI is currently evaluating how to best use that money.

OCI is also handling a $10,000 gift from Charter One Bank.  So far, $7,500 of that gift has been used to launch the Market Bonds Program. For every $40 purchased in market bond gift certificates, customers receive $10 free to spend at the West Side Market. All but 75 of the 750 bonds have already been sold.

From the Market Bonds Program, OCI estimates an economic impact of $37,000.

The West Side Market Tenants Association has also received some direct donations.

Fundraisers at Momocho and Happy Dog brought in approximately $1,200 and $900, respectively.

Chuppa's Market Place also donated $2,000 to the tenants association.

There are still some upcoming events to benefit the West Side Market:

On Wednesday Feb. 27, tickets are still available for a six-course Chef's dinner. Tickets are $80, with $40 going to market vendors.

On Saturday Feb. 23, a cash mob will take place at the West Side Market beginning at 8 a.m. Lutheran Hospital is opening up its 400-space parking lot to the public.

The second batch of Great Lakes Brewing Company's market-inspired Butcher's Brew will be released later this spring. All proceeds will go to the recovery and improvement efforts at the West Side Market.

WKYC-TV

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