Online Financial Support Develops For Burned-Out Camera Shop

WBBM Newsradio Staff
June 01, 2020 - 2:23 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- An online fundraiser was well on its way to generating a $250,000 goal to help a family camera shop rebuild after this weekend's violence, looting and arson in the Loop.

A Go Fund Me effort to rebuild Central Camera on Wabash Avenue is quickly amassing contributions. The iconic, old-school camera and film store, which dates back to 1899 in Chicago, was destroyed when George Floyd protests in downtown Chicago turned violent and destructive.

As of Monday afternoon, the fundraiser had received $116,500 in pledged donations, more than half of the $250,000 goal. 

Owner Don Flesch told CBS Chicago that he bears no malice toward protesters, who were angry that Floyd, a black man, died in the custody of Minneapolis police after a white officer kneeled on his neck.

"Although this is a tough time for the store, it doesn’t compare to the loss of George Floyd’s life and the countless other Black lives lost. We stand with the African American community in solidarity," the fundraising page said. It's the only fundraising site for the store's rebuild, the family said.