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Fundraising campaign seeks to help Gulfport shops damaged in fire

GULFPORT — After a fire engulfed a plaza with four shops this month, community leaders are raising money to get the businesses back up and running.

The fire at the corner of 15th Avenue S and 58th Street destroyed Suncoast Laundromat and heavily damaged Fazio's Pizza and Suncoast Convenience Store, according to a GoFundMe page posted by Lillie Cintron, the operations manager for the Gulfport Area Chamber of Commerce. The fourth business, Gulfport Florist, has smoke damage but was able to open up the second day after the April 21 fire.

Community members who want to help can donate money to the $20,000 GoFundMe campaign at gofundme.com/58stfiredisaster. There will also be two fundraising events. On May 4, participating local restaurants and retail shops will donate a portion of the day's sales to the cause. A list of businesses is not available yet, but business owners interested in participating can call John Reisebeck at (214) 542-9587, according to the event's Facebook page.

On May 18, the Gulfport Lights It Up fundraiser will be held at Most Holy Name of Jesus Church at 5800 15th Ave. S with music, auctions and food and drinks for sale.

Fundraising campaign seeks to help Gulfport shops damaged in fire 04/28/16 [Last modified: Thursday, April 28, 2016 11:09am]
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