Music Concert Benefits Delmont Tornado Victims

10-hour concert sunday supports Delmont residents

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Music filled the Tripp-Delmont school auditorium Sunday afternoon.

The upbeat tunes are a stark contrast to the worry and despair that filled the same room nearly a month ago, after a powerful EF-2 tornado tore through the town of Delmont.

“They just think it’s wonderful that we are able to do something like this,” says Wini Iverson, co-organizer of the concert.

Dozens of musicians volunteered their time, and their talents, to play at the benefit concert to help support the residents of Delmont.

“This benefit is to help offset some of the expenses and the costs that the folks in Delmont have incurred from the tornado disaster,” Iverson said. “That’s what we’re here for. Everybody helps everybody when there’s a disaster.”

The nearly 10 hour long concert was free to patrons, with free-will donations encouraged.

“We just decided these people needed some help financially, and we came down here,” Wayne Clocker of Fairfax, South Dakota said as he dropped money in the donation box. “How else are they going to get started back up if people don’t help them?”

Several local businesses also donated items and services to be auctioned off at the fundraiser. Members of the destroyed Zion Church in Delmont also sold concessions.

“I think it’s showing the community pulling together and people helping each other like we’re meant to do,” said Zion Church member Mary Wannamaker, of Olivet, South Dakota.

Cash donations designated to the Delmont Disaster Relief Fund can be dropped off at First State Bank locations in Delmont, Tripp, Armour and Geddes.

Donations can also be mailed to First State Bank, P.O. Box 68, Delmont, SD 57330.

UPDATE:  Just over $10,000 was raised from the concert.