Derrick Fudge painting Painting of Derrick Fudge
In memory of
Derrick Fudge

Derrick lost his life in the senseless Oregon District mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio on August 4, 2019.

THE FUDGE FOUNDATION

Derrick Fudge was enjoying a night out on Saturday, August 3, 2019 with his son, Dion Green, and other family members in Dayton’s Oregon District. That enjoyment ended when in the early hours of August 4th he was shot outside of a bar. Derrick Fudge is one of eight victims that lost his life that night during the Dayton mass shooting. In the year following the shooting, Dion turned his pain into strength by authoring the book “Untitled: Act of God. Act of Man.” and founding The FUDGE Foundation to help individuals that are impacted directly and indirectly by mass shootings, violence, human trafficking, domestic abuse and other forms of trauma. Dion is a father, author, presenter, peer support counselor and most importantly, a survivor.

The FUDGE Foundation is a recognized 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

OUR VISION

A community equipped to address, prevent and support survivors of all trauma.

OUR MISSION

The FUDGE Foundation seeks to support individuals on their journey of grief and healing from traumatic events through the delivery of support service and advocacy at both a local and national level.

ABOUT DERRICK FUDGE

My father was a son, brother, dad, grandpa, and a big Pittsburgh Steelers fan! He was a jack-of-all-trades. In construction, he could do pretty much anything needing done on a house, and he was very skilled at working on cars. My father had 6 siblings – 4 brothers and 2 sisters, 1 granddaughter, and I am his only child.

Growing up, my Dad was pretty stern, but I guess all kids say that. Though, as I got older, he became my best friend and would hang out with me anytime I asked. What we loved doing the most was fishing, enjoying a beverage or two, and playing cards together – we were an unstoppable team when we were partners. Our family would always get mad at us, saying that we are not allowed to be partners because we cheat!

I do miss those moments and I would give anything to have more of them; more time with my Dad. At the end of the day, my Dad was a man who would give his shirt off his back to another person. He had a heart of gold. I can tell that he passed down that trait because I am following in his footsteps and would willingly give the shirt off my back to a person in need.

We had so many great times and so many great arguments. I miss him, everyday.

Derrick Fudge and Dion Green photo
Derrick Fudge photo
Derrick Fudge photo
Derrick Fudge with child

ABOUT DION GREEN

Survivor | Author | Founder | Public Speaker

After spending months repairing his home that was severely damaged during the 12 tornadoes that swept through the Dayton area over Memorial Day weekend, Dion and his family decided to take a break from re-building to celebrate the progress and enjoy an evening together. Only to have the unthinkable happen after midnight on Saturday, August 3, 2019. What began as an amazing celebratory weekend shared between a father and son, ended in tragedy.

Dion is a survivor of that harrowing night, and he is here to share his story of surviving grief and loss, empower the community, and peacefully fight back against senseless gun violence and trauma across America.

READ THE MEMOIR

From incarceration to a devastating tornado, and to a tragic mass shooting, author Dion Green narrates the story of his life and the challenges he faced. Beginning with his youth and growing up in Springfield, Ohio, he shares his memories and recaps the significant and life-changing events he experienced.

This memoir, Untitled, chronicles how Green and his family faced adversity, how he learned to forgive, and how he kept his faith while living through defeat after defeat.

Offering a personal testimony of resilience and strength, Untitled serves to help and inspire others challenged by life’s trials. It demonstrates the power of a community that rallied and supported Green and his family.

WANT TO JOIN US IN MAKING A DIFFERENCE?

There are so many people suffering the repercussions from their loved ones being a victim of crime. They are not able to give them the proper burial or being able to seek counseling for themselves because the law says they are not eligible due to their past. I feel no one’s past should determine their future when a precious life did not ask to be taken away. The Fudge Foundation is here to support these victims of trauma.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

If you have been through a traumatic event and are looking for support or a place to talk about what you are going through and feeling on your road of healing and recovery, please feel free to join us at one of our Peer Support Groups. Our upcoming sessions and events listed are free and open to the public unless noted otherwise.

PLEASE NOTE: All in-person Peer Support Sessions will be held at Seven Studios, 275 S. Third Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215.

*All times subject to change. Once registered, if that should occur we will notify you in advance.

Nov. 13

Kick off groups peer to peer support session

1 PM to 3 PM
Nov. 27

Virtual peer-to-peer meeting

1 PM to 3 PM
Dec. 11

Webinar presentation on Trauma Grief and Recovery presented by Dion Green, Founder and CEO of The FUDGE Foundation

3 PM to 4 PM
Dec. 11

Virtual support groups

1 PM to 3 PM
Jan. 8

In-person support group

1 PM to 3 PM
Jan. 8

Panel discussion – Turning pain into purpose – Dion Green, The FUDGE Foundation; Malissa, MOMCC; Derrick Russel, Listen Good Youth; and Adrienne Hood, Ohio Families of Police Brutality

3 PM to 4 PM
Jan. 22

Webinar presentation on Resilience presented by Victoria Frye

3 PM to 4 PM
Jan. 22

Virtual support group

1 PM to 3 PM
Feb. 5

Panel discussion (topic TBA)

1 PM to 3 PM
Feb. 5

In-person peer to peer support group

1 PM to 3 PM
Feb. 19

Webinar presentation on (topic TBA)

3 PM to 4 PM
Feb. 19

Virtual support group

1 PM to 3 PM
Mar. 5

In-person panel discussion (topic TBA)

3 PM to 4 PM
Mar. 5

In-person support groups

1 PM to 3 PM
Mar. 19

Webinar presentation on (topic TBA)

3 PM to 4 PM
Mar. 19

Virtual group meetings

1 PM to 3 PM
Apr. 2

In-person panel discussion (topic TBA)

3 PM to 4 PM
Apr. 2

In-person support groups

1 PM to 3 PM
Apr. 16

Webinar presentation on (topic TBA)

3 PM to 4 PM
Apr. 16

Virtual support group meetings

1 PM to 3 PM
Apr. 30

In-person support groups

1 PM to 3 PM
May. 14

In-person group meetings

1 PM to 3 PM
May. 28

In-person panel discussion (topic TBA)

3 PM to 4 PM
May. 28

In-person support group

1 PM to 3 PM

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