Indiana State Fair victims fund continues to grow

August 19, 2011

A fund set up for the victims of Saturday's deadly stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair is growing quickly on a daily basis.

Central Indiana Community Foundation spokesman Mike Knight said $59,520 had been donated to the State Fair Remembrance Fund as of noon Thursday, but a Thursday night concert and fundraising effort by local TV station Fox 59 have pushed the fund into the six figures.

The State Fair Foundation set up the fund Monday to benefit the six people killed and four dozen injured in Saturday night's stage collapse.

Fox 59 said it raised $60,312 for the fund during its "Day of Dedication" fundraiser on Thursday, with $20,000 of that donated by the station.

Knight said Thursday night's concerts by Train and Maroon 5 at Conseco Fieldhouse were expected to bring in between $300,000 and a half-million dollars for the fund.

Support from the Indianapolis Colts will also help the victims. Colts owner Jim Irsay says he will donate $1 to the Indiana State Fair Remembrance Fund for each ticket distributed for the team's preseason home game Friday against the Washington Redskins. Lucas Oil Stadium was a capacity of 63,000 for Colts games.

The team also will encourage fans at the game and through radio, television and online coverage to make $10 donations.


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