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.
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