BLOOMINGTON — Fundraising and other assistance efforts continue in response to the recent tornadoes that struck Washington and other areas in Central Illinois; a complete list is at

Information about the following was received as of Tuesday:

•A physician/musician from Watertown, Wis., will perform a live Christmas music show from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 17 at Swinger’s Grille, 1304 Cross Creek Drive in Normal, to raise money for the Nov. 17 tornado victims in Washington.

“A Classic Rock Christmas” will feature Dr. Thom McGorey on acoustic guitar and singing popular and traditional holiday music in the style of famous classic rock and country artists.

McGorey, a 1986 graduate of Illinois State University and former high school chemistry teacher in Washington, kicked off a tour Nov. 29 with a plan to perform 25 shows in 25 days for the storm victims.

•Rotarians from Normal and Washington are collecting and distributing coats and Visa gift cards. Normal Rotary Club donated more than 300 coats from the Coats for Kids program, donated used coats, discount purchases at Macy’s and Operation Warm.

Needed now are Visa gift cards to help pay living expenses while victims are out of their homes. Mail Visa gift cards or checks (to Washington Rotary Foundation) to Gary Deiters, P.O. Box 537, Washington, IL 61571. Contri-butions also may be made at

•Participating Culver’s restaurants will donate 10 percent of sales on Dec. 11 to the American Red Cross for storm relief. Donations also can be made at, calling 1-800-RED CROSS, or texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Participating Pantagraph-area restaurants are in Bloomington, Lincoln and Peru.

•Rage For Relief, featuring several hip-hop, EDM and pop performers, will begin at 8 p.m. Dec. 11 at Daddios in downtown Bloomington.

Co-sponsored by Meltdown Graphix in Bloomington, doors will open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10, available at the door. All proceeds, along with a portion of bar sales, will go to families in need. The show is being set up by the promotions company Wild for the Nights.

Artists include: Drop Dead, a producer/DJ duo from Bloomington who have performed with Cazzette, DVBBS, Visionaire, Milk and Cookies and other acts; Spacefate, an electro producer, remixer and DJ from Chicago; and Tic Toc/Prelude to a Million, hip hop artists from Dwight, who have toured with several major artists, including MGK, Tech N9ne and Twista.


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Our Savior Lutheran Church at 1510 N. Main St. is also having a benefit concert this Saturday at 7 pm. It is free to attend with donations welcome for those who maybe can't afford the big benefit concert or are not available for it.


Please check with the town of Washington on what is needed. Their link on Facebook says they've run out of room for donations & are asking for monetary donations. All efferts are greatly appriciated!

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