Aurora Downtown is Aurora Strong. Businesses rally after tragedy.


Our city will never be whole again. We’ve lost human beings, and the void they leave can never be filled. But we are the people of Aurora, and we have always been survivors. Every single one of us will wrap our loving arms around the families of Clayton, Trevor, Russell, Vicente, and Josh and we hold on tight. We are Aurora Strong.

– Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman

On February 15, Aurora was changed forever, but as the beloved and respected Chief of Police Kristen Ziman said in a recent Facebook post, “We are the people of Aurora, and we have always been survivors.”

In the hours and days that followed the Henry Pratt Co. tragedy in Aurora, Ill., the business owners in downtown Aurora were among the many community members who were looking for ways to help. Never was “helpless” uttered, but instead, “How can we help?”

As the Aurora Downtown community mourns and grieves with the entire city and its neighbors, here are ways that downtown businesses are assisting in the Aurora Strong efforts to help the victims’ families as well as our local First Responders.

  • Wyckwood House, 14 W. Downer Pl. Suite 16: Sales of Aurora Strong items including Modest Coffee, Send Me A Dream t-shirts, Creatively Intentional candles, and more to benefit the city’s Aurora Strong fund.
  • Ballydoyle Irish Pub, 28 W. New York St.: The Aurora Strong Benefit Concert includes multiple bands, a buffet, raffles, and more from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24.
  • Gillerson’s Grubbery: 33 W. New York St.: Aurora Strong: Every Single Penny Fundraiser from 5 to 10 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25.
  • Aurora Downtown First Fridays Photo Booth on March 1 at Wyckwood House, 14 W. Downer Pl. Suite 16: Stop by for a free photo, and show your Aurora Strong spirit. Some photos will be used for an #aurorastrong downtown window display.
  • Aurora Regional Fire Museum, 53 N. Broadway: Free admission for First Responders until March 15.
  • SciTech Hands On Museum, 18 W. Benton St.: Free admission for First Responders until March 15.
  • Tredwell Coffee, 14 W. Downer Pl. Suite 18, and Aurora Fastprint, 54 E. Galena Blvd., are distributing two different versions of Aurora Strong posters to downtown businesses.
  • We are Aurora Strong.
  • Aurora Downtown thanks the Aurora Police Department, the Aurora Fire Department, and all of the First Responders who courageously did their jobs so well that day.

Aurora Downtown thanks the Aurora Police Department, the Aurora Fire Department, and all of the First Responders who courageously did their jobs so well that day.

We are Aurora Strong.

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