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Help for tornado victims

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Kayla Bunge
January 10, 2008
— Nancy Douglass watched Monday afternoon’s rare January thunderstorm from the Lake 96.1 studio.

Hours later, she found herself amid the rubble in Wheatland Township, where a tornado destroyed dozens of homes.


“They’re our neighbors,” said Douglass, general manager of the radio station. “It could have been us.”


Within mere minutes of her reports from the field, listeners were calling the station, asking how they could help.


“We have the ability to talk to a lot of people at once,” Douglass said. “That’s what we’re doing.”


Lake 96.1 is auctioning off two pairs of Hannah Montana tickets, the proceeds from which will benefit tornado victims in Wheatland. The online auction began Wednesday afternoon and closes at 3 p.m. Friday. The top two bidders will each receive a pair of tickets to the sold-out show in Milwaukee on Sunday.


The station also is collecting clean-up items—plastic storage bins, heavy-duty trash bags, work gloves and rakes—which can be dropped off at the station, 500 Interchange North, or the Cactus Club, 430 Broad St.


“It’s just such a shocking thing,” Douglass said. “How can you not help?”


Relief funds

Two relief funds also have been established for the victims of Monday’s tornadoes in Kenosha County.


Realtors in Walworth, Kenosha and Racine counties set up the Tri-County Realtor Relief Fund at M&I Bank. The fund is a joint undertaking by the Lakes Area Realtors Association, the Kenosha Realtors Association and the Racine Board of Realtors.


“When we found out the damage was in all three counties, we put our resources together,” said Mike VanderBunt, association executive for the Lakes Area association. “It’s a good opportunity to help the community out.”


The groups will work with local agencies to identify victims who need assistance.


The other fund was created at M&I Bank by the town of Wheatland itself and will benefit storm victims there.


Clean-up items

Lake 96.1 is collecting clean-up items-plastic storage bins, heavy-duty trash bags, work gloves and rakes.


Items can be dropped off at these locations:


-- Lake 96.1, 500 Interchange North, Lake Geneva.


-- Cactus Club, 430 Broad St., Lake Geneva.


-- The Sly Fox, 32800 Geneva Road, Burlington (intersection of Highway 50 and County W in Wheatland).



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