local performers band together for tornado relief

Topeka-area promoters and entertainers are gathering at Jeremiah Bull Frog’s Live, 4115 SW Huntoon St., to raise funds for the Red Cross Tornado Relief Fund for two Midwestern cities that were recently hit by twisters. The event, titled Jam for Joplin, will be held Thursday, June 23 from 6:00 p.m until 2:00 a.m.

Relief and recovery efforts are continuing in Joplin, MissouriĀ  since an EF-5 tornado hit the city on May 22. The death toll is now at 156 and rebuilding costs are estimated at $3 billion.

Closer to home, Reading, Kansas, a town of 250 people, was struck by an EF3 tornado on Saturday, May 21, shortly after Topekans were sent scrambling for safety due to tornado sirens. One man was killed and several injured. Damages to residential and business properties are estimated to be $2,250,000.

Hosted by 151 Entertainment and Deuce Alley Productions the benefit will feature music by Josh Vowell & the Rumble, Urban Safari, Simply Driven, and The Rob Wade Band. DJ 151will provide the Latin flavor, and hip hop artist Dalima will perform his latest hits. Comedy relief will be provided by Austin Wright and King Louie Hidalgo III.

Food will also be available throughout the evening, catered by Los Charros Mexican Restaurant and attendees can purchases chances to win items and services donated by Topeka-area businesses and merchants.

Attendees must be 21 & over to enter and will be asked to make a $5 minimum donation at the door.

Anyone interested in sponsoring the event or donating merchandise for the raffle please contact Steve Alley at 785-969-7879 or Ronald RuizĀ  785-817-4042.


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