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.
New York Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder, who came to Oklahoma last month to talk to lawmakers, is helping to promote the concert, Wesselhoft said. Constituents in Goldfeder's district donated blankets, food and supplies for tornado victims in Oklahoma. He said residents wanted to return the favor of Oklahomans sending supplies after Hurricane Sandy last year destroyed about 85 percent of the homes in his district in southwest Queens.
Wesselhoft said he also is putting together a contest for first- through sixth-graders who will submit a story on how the tornado and its aftermath affected them. He plans on giving cash prizes to first through third prizes for each grade; students may submit stories along with paintings, drawings or photographs.
“These kids have been traumatized, so for them to be able to express themselves … becomes a very therapeutic tool,” he said. “It helps them to get those fears out on paper.”
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,