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    Wed, 22 May 2013 13:33:04

    Dave Matthews Band Awards $100,000 Grant to West, Texas Disaster Relief Efforts Fund - A fertilizer plant explosion occurred on April 17

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    DMB have good hearts.

    The Bama Works Fund of Dave Matthews Band has awarded a $100,000 grant to the West, Texas Disaster Relief Efforts Fund. Established by three local foundations - Cooper, Rapoport, and Waco - the West, Texas Disaster Relief Efforts Fund has been endorsed by the West City Council as the preferred recipient of all charitable donations for victims and relief efforts following the fertilizer plant explosion that took place on April 17, 2013 in West, Texas.

    In case you were unaware, more than 200 people were injured in the explosion and 15 people lost their lives, including 11 firefighters. A school, a nursing home, an apartment complex and nearly 100 homes were heavily damaged (with some structures completely destroyed) and must be demolished.

    The West, Texas Disaster Relief Efforts Fund can accept donations in the form of cash, check, credit card or publicly traded securities. To donate online or learn more about the Fund, visit www.wacofoundation.org and click the West, Texas Disaster Relief Efforts link on the homepage. Inquiries related to charitable contributions can be directed to Melissa Miller, Director of Communications & Donor Services, at Waco Foundation at (254) 754-3404, mmiller@wacofoundation.org.

    Housed at Waco Foundation, the West, Texas Disaster Relief Efforts Fund will be advised by the Executive Directors of Cooper, Rapoport and Waco Foundation, as well as a designated representative from the city of West. Together they will identify how to best use the funds and determine priorities, processes and procedures for distributing the funds. Waco Foundation is covering all administrative cost so that 100% of the contributions received from donors will be distributed out to the relief efforts.

    What can you do to help? Even spreading the word about how to help to those with more means and resources to do so is a help! So why not try it?

    —Marlowe Mancini
    05.22.13



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