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State fair foundation sets up fund for victims

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Hoosiers have already given thousands of dollars to the Indiana State Fair to help victims of Saturday's stage collapse.

State fair officials set up a fund Monday morning because so many people had immediately written checks and handed over cash, said Justin Armstrong, director of the Indiana State Fair Foundation.

"It's amazing," Armstrong said. "Hoosiers wanted to donate. People trust the Indiana State Fair to do the right thing."

Five people were killed and about four dozen injured Saturday when a stage collapsed onto the crowd awaiting a performance by the country act Sugarland. Armstrong said it's not clear yet how the money will be used, but it will benefit the families of those who died as well as those who were injured.

The fund will be administered by the Indiana State Fair Commission and Central Indiana Community Foundation.

People who want to give can send checks to CICF, attention "Indiana State Fair Remembrance Fund," 615 N. Alabama St., Indianapolis, IN 46204. Make checks payable to CICF with "Indiana State Fair Remembrance Fund" on the memo line.

An option for online donations is in the works and it will be available as soon as possible, CICF spokesman Mike Knight said.

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  • To Help- Not Memorialize
    This is a great idea as long as it's used to actually help these people and not stick a big expensive and utterly useless memorial someplace.

    Just determine a percentage for the group that was killed then divide it by 5 (or more if there are more fatalities), a percentage for those who required intensive medical treatment such as broken bones or internal injuries that required a hospital stay and divide it evenly, and do the same for minor injuries that didn't require hospitalization. Obviously the families of those who died would get the largest percentage with those who will have lifelong physical disabilities coming in close second.

  • Why No Weather Sirens?
    Interesting comments on why Marion county weather siren never sounded.

    New weather siren policy introduced in June, system under new management after recent reorganization, and ongoing software glitches and faulting old sirens.

    Indianapolis Department of Public Safety, Division of Homeland Security has some questions to answer.

    http://www.indianabarrister.com/archives/2011/08/four_killed_40_injured_at_state_fair_tragedy.html

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