State fair foundation sets up fund for victims

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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