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KU, arts center collect Greensburg aid

May 22, 2007

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KU community has raised over $30,000 to help Greensburg

The KU community has raised more than $30,000 to help recovery efforts in Greensburg, the Kansas town devastated by a deadly tornado earlier this month. Enlarge video

The Kansas University community has raised more than $30,000 for recovery efforts in Greensburg, the small Kansas town devastated by a tornado early this month.

The combined fundraising total announced Monday includes the results of the KU Alumni Association's "Green for Greensburg" campaign to benefit the American Red Cross efforts in Greensburg, along with $2,500 raised through a KU Dining Services campaign. It also includes the School of Engineering's offer to pay for students from Greensburg High School to attend summer engineering camps at KU.

KU Alumni Association President Kevin Corbett will go to Greensburg next month to present a check to the American Red Cross.

l Greenbacks for Greensburg, a Lawrence Arts Center benefit to raise money for Greensburg residents, netted $850 Saturday night.

About 100 people attended the fundraiser, which featured three bands and about a dozen singers and comedians.

The money will go to the Greensburg Relief Fund.

Staff members at the arts center, 940 N.H., were inspired to hold the benefit after learning that their co-worker Stacy Barnes is from Greensburg. Her family home was destroyed in the tornado.

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