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PRESS RELEASE Plaza District announces Plaza Support Fund and live stream event

Plaza Support Fund aims to raise $16,000 for 160 displaced workers in the 16th Street Plaza District


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The Plaza District is raising money to support retail and restaurant employees whose incomes are directly affected by district wide business closings due to the effects of the Coronavirus.

The Plaza Support Fund aims to raise $16,000, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to workers in the district. The fundraiser will culminate in an event on Friday, April 10, from 6-8pm, with the Plaza District hosting a live stream via Facebook Live to replace their normal second Friday event, LIVE! on the Plaza.

“The Plaza Support Fund could not have come at a better time to help ease the financial worries of the artists, creators, and small business employees who are the heart of the Plaza District,” said Rachel Cope, founder and CEO of 84 Hospitality. “These funds will pay rents, utilities, and help purchase necessities during these difficult times. Speaking for our team, we are forever grateful and look forward to seeing everyone back in the neighborhood when this is over!”

Virtual activities will include a painting class led by Adam Jones of Paint N Cheers, doggy punk vest DIY led by Amanda Martinez of Dig It! Boutique, performances by local drag entertainers, and much more.

“We estimate around 160 Plaza District workers are going without their main source of income at this time. We wouldn’t be the thriving district we are today without their hard work,” said Selena Skorman, Executive Director of the Plaza Business Alliance and the Plaza District Association. “We wanted to do something to show them how much we appreciate them and how we are all in this together. And we wanted to provide a fun evening of entertainment for everyone to enjoy!”

The Plaza District is accepting donations via their website, and via payment services like Venmo, CashApp, and PayPal. Those who give $25 or more will receive a limited edition t-shirt designed by artist Dusty Gilpin, while supplies last.

Live Stream! on the Plaza is presented by Fowler Automotive, Braum’s Ice Cream & Dairy, and Oklahoma’s Credit Union. For more information, please visit

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