Concert raises money for storm victims

Published 12/05 2013 10:38AM

Updated 12/06 2013 05:53PM

Update: 12:58 pm, 12/6/13, Friday
BLOOMINGTON -- This week's benefit to raise money for tornado relief was a huge success. Organizers say, so far, Wednesday's mega-concert raised $300,000.

Six big acts, including Champaign's own, REO Speedwagon, performed at U.S. Cellular Coliseum. Thousands of tornado victims got in for free.

The bands say it wasn't just about raising money; it was about boosting spirits.

Original: 10:21 pm, 12/4/13, Wednesday
BLOOMINGTON -- A concert was held Wednesday to benefit tornado victims. The performers actually toured devastation in Washington earlier in the day.

REO Speedwagon, a native-Champaign band, performed. They said the tornado victims left a lasting impression on them and they were thrilled to hold a concert in their honor.

It was free for tornado victims. The sold-out show brought in a packed house of 8,000 people.

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