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St. Louis Continues To Help With Joplin Tornado Relief Efforts
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Stages St. Louis is joining the relief efforts for Joplin tornado victims by donating five dollars from each ticket sold to Saturday's two performances of "A Chorus Line" to the Red Cross for tornado and flood relief. In addition, the Red Cross will have donation canisters at the Kirkwood theater to accept donations through the end of June.
"We want to help, just like we did after 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina," said Jack Lane, Stages St. Louis executive producer. "We have two performances Saturday, and we're offering two tickets for $55 dollars. Of that, $10--$5 for each ticket--goes to the Red Cross"
The Stages effort is part of a growing tide of relief goods and money flowing to the southwest Missouri community where 138 people died in the May 22 storm that destroyed 5,000 homes and apartments and 800 businesses, slashing a 13 mile long swath through Joplin. Staff from St. John's Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis County have collected supplies, equipment, and $500,000 for the staff of their sister St. John's Hospital in Joplin that was destroyed by the tornado. An ad-hoc relief group collected a pair of 20-foot trailers full of supplies at a west county Dierberg's Thursday.
While the private relief efforts continue, an ideological debate has erupted among Republicans over federal relief. Sen. Roy Blunt is asking that FEMA bear 100% of the rebuilding costs, as it did in New Orleans after Katrina. But Tea Party conservatives, led by Virginia Rep. and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, have insisted that no federal emergency aid be given to Joplin--or anyplace else--unless offsetting cuts are made elsewhere in the federal budget.
TO BUY TICKETS TO SATURDAY'S STAGE'S ST. LOUIS PERFORMANCE:Stages Web Site -- www.stagesstlouis.orgStages Box Office - 314-821-2407

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