The Norman Transcript

May 2013 Tornadoes

May 21, 2013

Tornado briefs: Jazz bands plan benefit concert

NORMAN — Transcript Staff

Representatives from Knipplemeir Chevrolet, Patriot Ford and Kelsey Buick GMC got together on Tuesday and decided to cast aside competition and get together to make a difference.

Larry Knipplemeir, Kurt Kelsey and Ben Hayes have put together a donation of $30,000 to the Oklahoma Chapter of the Red Cross. And they don’t want to stop there. They are urging all local businesses donate to the local division of the Red Cross.

Checks can be made to Oklahoma Relief-Red Cross. Individuals can deliver them locally to KWTV or any media entity.

Other tornado related news items:

· The Norman High and Norman North jazz bands and choirs will host a Norman Jazz benefit concert/cookout at 6 p.m. Wednesday on the front lawn of NHS to raise money for the Moore tornado recovery effort.

A concert scheduled Tuesday evening was canceled due to the weather.

· A tornado disaster relief and donation center has been established at Beth Haven Baptist Church, 12400 S Western, in Oklahoma City. All items will be accepted. This includes food, water, clothing, diapers, toiletry items, etc.

Drop-off times are 9 a.m to 9 p.m.

· BancFirst, in association with the Moore Ministerial Alliance, has established a relief fund for the tornado victims. BancFirst has contributed $25,000 to the effort. Kevin Clarkson, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Moore, will administer the fund.

“We encourage anyone who can to donate to the Moore Tornado Relief Fund,” said Craig Turner, BancFirst Moore president. Deposits will be accepted statewide at all BancFirst locations.

“Moore Ministerial alliance was a key entity in reaching Moore families during the May 3, 1999 tornado and we are proud to be able to work together with this group to assist the people affected by this current tragedy,” Turner said.

· The Norman Arts Council will partner with Chipotle at 1641 24th Ave. NW from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. today to raise funds for tornado recovery relief. Allied Arts plans to partner with S&B’s Burger Joint on 9th Street today to raise money for the Red Cross of Central and Western Oklahoma.

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