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'Funky' fundraiser highlights HSI's partnership with Co-op Dayton

By Mark Gokavi

Co-op Dayton brands itself as the non-profit incubator for worker- and community-owned cooperative businesses that build a more resilient, inclusive economy in Dayton.

The group, which supports the Gem City Market, is a community partner of the Hanley Sustainability Institute and other sustainability efforts at the University of Dayton.

“We've had a great relationship, including collaborating with faculty to explore research opportunities and grant proposals, as well has having an HSI student embedded with us for the past 18 months,” said Lela Klein, executive director of Co-op Dayton.

“There is deep overlap between our mission of creating a more resilient local economy through cooperative development and Hanley's cross-disciplinary approach to community sustainability.”

CO-OP Fest, the organization’s annual fundraiser and celebration complete with food trucks and live music is from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 at the Yellow Cab venue on East Fourth Street.

Local funk performers include the Deron Bell Band, Premium Blend and Freakquency. There also will be spoken word poets and raffles.

The cost is $10 in advance on Eventbrite or $15 at the door, $10 for members. Donors can support Co-op Dayton’s work at this link.

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