Storm of paperwork plagues Lone Grove tornado survivor Kaylee Fambrough, 13

BY RON JACKSON Modified: March 21, 2009 at 7:19 am •  Published: March 21, 2009

/> On March 9, McCord learned her sister had qualified for more than $36,300 under FEMA’s Individual and Households Program for funeral expenses, loss of property and replacement housing. She planned to deposit the bulk of it into a trust for Kaylee until she turned 18, only to discover FEMA made a mistake.

"FEMA called and asked us to return the check,” McCord said. "They told us Kaylee was owed more money. So we sent the check back like they asked. Then they sent us a check for $6,000, and told us that’s all Kaylee was getting. We were told she didn’t qualify for any housing because she wasn’t 18. So because she isn’t 18, she isn’t entitled to money for the home she lost?

"It was her home, too.”

McCord is flustered by the logic.

"We never intended to go to FEMA,” she said. "We weren’t interested in the money, but friends encouraged us and said FEMA could help. Everyone else in Lone Grove was getting help. Why not Kaylee? So we contacted FEMA. Now I wish we never had. That’s not right what they did to Kaylee.”

Gail Fambrough’s life insurance company also stonewalled, McCord said. She was forced to involve the family attorney.

"It’s getting harder to trust people,” McCord said, wondering about a benefit concert supposedly staged for Kaylee recently at a Nashville bar. The Fiddle and Steel Guitar Bar hosted the fundraiser March 3, publicizing "Nashville Cares for Kaylee.”

No one associated with the bar ever contacted the family or returned messages left by The Oklahoman.

"My mother-in-law told me she saw it on the Internet,” McCord said. "We have since spoken with a lady who said they raised three times more than what they had anticipated. That’s really nice — if it’s true.”


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Tickets available for benefit concert

ARDMORE — Tickets go on sale today for Willie Nelson’s April 22 concert at the Heritage Hall in Ardmore for a show that will benefit Carter County’s tornado victims.

Proceeds from a guitar auction, tips, and concessions will be placed in a trust fund at The First National Bank for victims of the Feb. 10 tornado, which claimed eight lives. The idea is the brainchild of Aubry Harris, the show’s promoter and owner of Two Frogs Grill. Harris raised nearly $19,000 for victims during a March 14 benefit concert.

"This is our restaurant’s 16th anniversary of being in business, and so this concert was already planned,” Harris said. "We just thought why not also roll into a fundraiser for the tornado victims. I bet we’ll raise between $5,000 and $6,000 on just Willie alone.”

Tickets can be purchased by calling Two Frogs Grill at (580) 226-3764 or at www.ticketstorm.com.

RON JACKSON, Staff Writer

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