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Oklahoma tornadoes: New York concert to raise funds for Moore Public Schools

Money raised will be used to buy instruments, sheet music and art supplies for two elementary schools that were destroyed and a damaged junior high school in the Moore school district.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT Published: June 8, 2013

A state representative from Moore is helping to coordinate a concert in New York that will raise money to replace items in the fine arts programs of Moore Public Schools that were destroyed by last month's tornado.

Proceeds from the June 17 concert will go toward paying for musical instruments, sheet music, and art supplies, said Rep. Paul Wesselhoft, R-Moore.

“It all has to be fine arts-oriented,” he said.

The May 20 tornado destroyed two elementary schools, Briarwood and Plaza Towers, and damaged Highland East Junior High School. The junior high's band room was destroyed, he said.

“It's thousands and thousands of dollars that they need,” Wesselhoft said.

The concert will feature performances by stars of Broadway, television and popular music. Scheduled performers include Becca Tobin of the TV show, “Glee,” Derek Klena from the Broadway show “Wicked” and Chris Barron, lead singer of the band Spin Doctors.

A $30 minimum donation is suggested for the show, at Le Poisson Rouge, a multimedia art cabaret founded by musicians on the site of the historic Village Gate. It can hold 250 seated or 700 standing guests.

Wesselhoft said Rebecca McBee, a stage manager for off-Broadway productions, is from Moore and called him about holding a fundraiser to help Moore's public schools.

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These kids have been traumatized, so for them to be able to express themselves … becomes a very therapeutic tool. It helps them to get those fears out on paper.”

Rep. Paul Wesselhoft,


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