Indiana State Fair victims fund continues to grow

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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.


  • What would be the point?
    I'm unsure what the point of having to reveal the amount they received by lawsuit would be?
    The judicial process would have concluded. It would be legal. How would us knowing what they received be pertinent? Say someone sued and got 12 million. Without knowing all the details of their medical costs and medical condition, how could we make our own accurate or inaccurate calculations to determine if they received fair compensation or not? I have no inherent knowledge of medical expenses, psychological damage like post tramatic stress, or pain and suffering.
    So if I am unable to judge whether the lawsuit amount is fair or suitable ( thats what the judicial process is suppossed to do), knowing the overall amount they received could only be used as a basis to inflame opinion.

    People giving to the fund do it as a way to express their sympathy and to help. Maybe even as a way of healing for themselves.Perhaps there are other reasons that cause people to give.

    I guess I just find it difficult to put a condition on families who probably need immediate assistance to help meet bills and cover expenses caused by the accident, on money that was freely given by good hearted people for that exact purpose. Then we ask them then to reveal future legal settlement amounts, that could be years away, based on the idea that the information we learn is useful in some way other than to stir people to unrest if they think their settlement is too large?

    Am I missing something?
  • agreed
    SuzyQ, I do agree that if they take money from the fund and still decide to sue then they should have to make it known in the law suit how much they received. But i also agree with Chemo that how can you compensate for pain and suffering with just a preset amount that wont even cover the bills
  • What is fair?
    What is fair to me might not be fair to you. How do you compensate then for pain and suffering. How will you replace lost finances for a dead or injured working parent? State fair insurance caps at $5 million for a single incident. Divide that up among the hurt and injured and it's not much, probably wont cover their shares of the hospital bill. One injured fan is now paralyzed and he is a young teenager. He has a lifetime of nearly inestimable expenses. Filling of a state torte claim will be the only resort for full fair compensation for most. Asking the injured to sign a pledge or waiver could seriously handicap there ability to recoup restitution. Fair is a far to inaccurate term to apply. Personaly for those who suffered to ask of them such an outragous and inconsiderate request is horrifying.
  • State Fair fundraiser
    I think this is wonderful and so many people have been very generous. However, if the injured people accept money from this fundraiser, I think they should sign something that says that they will not unfairly ask for more than is needed if they are planning to sue over the tragedy. Also, if they are planning to sue a full disclosure of any monies received should be required.

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