Millionaire entrepreneur and campus CEO Marcus Lemonis launched a nonprofit organization and donated $ 500,000 of his own money to benefit businesses damaged or destroyed by the Christmas Day bombing in Nashville.
Lemonis plans to partner with local businesses affected by the blast, which damaged dozens of properties near Second Avenue North in downtown Nashville with a new nonprofit organization, the Nashville 30 Day Fund.
‘I would like to get a list of every local business that was wiped out due to the explosion in Nashville. We will work together to provide solutions as a group … and find the necessary funds to rebuild and reopen #NashvilleStrong please help me put it together, ”he wrote on Saturday in the first of a series of tweets about the explosion.
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Hours later, Lemonis announced that it was taking steps to help local businesses by creating a team that provided, among other things, ‘cash / funding, insurance and property guidance’, he wrote on Twitter. He later added that he would clean up his own money for cleaning and repair efforts.
Lemonis launched the Nashville 30 Day Fund on Monday, with the business leader and television personality injecting $ 500,000 to get the nonprofit off the ground. The fund offers qualified individuals and businesses that can offer forgiving loans of up to $ 100,000.
“The Nashville 30-day fund is designed to be quick, easy and cumbersome as small business owners and individuals work to recover from the effects of the Christmas Day bombing in Nashville,” the fund’s website reads. ‘All back we ask: if you can, pay it in advance.
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He said Sunday that he and a team will visit Music City on Wednesday to begin the process with the business owners affected. “
“For those affected, you are not alone,” he said. tweeted at that point.
Three people were injured and the person suspected of being behind the attack, Anthony Quinn Warner, was killed.
Police say Warner was in an RV parked in Second Avenue North, near an AT&T building, when it started blowing up a sound recording to evacuate people in the area and warn them that a bomb would explode within minutes. The ominous recording then switched to Petula Clark’s “Downtown” before the explosion shortly thereafter.
Investigators have not yet announced an official motive for the attack.
Wednesday, Lemonis shared photos and videos of Nashville and encouraged local business owners to meet with him and his team so they can begin the recovery process.
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“We are just trying to provide something and if you can help us support this effort, we would appreciate it,” he said in a video on Wednesday afternoon. “These funds will be directly affected by those.”
Anyone who wants to donate through the Nashville 30 Day Fund can do so by going to nashville30dayfund.com.
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