Fertilizer plant explosion levels several blocks of small Texas town

Dave Matthews Band Donates $100,000 to West Recovery

By Frank Heinz
|  Wednesday, May 15, 2013  |  Updated 2:49 PM CDT
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Dave Matthews Band Donates $100,000 to West

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Ahead of their Saturday concert in Dallas, the charitable arm of the Dave Matthews Band makes a $100,000 donation to the West Disaster Fund.

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The charitable arm of the Dave Matthews Band, Bama Works, has donated $100,000 to the West, Texas Disaster Relief Fund.

Since 1999, the Charlottesville, Va.-based fund has made more than 800 donations totaling $15 million to both national and international causes.

The Dave Matthews Band, who performs Saturday in Dallas, isn't the only musician to make a contribution to the devastated town.  On Tuesday, it was announced that Texan Willie Nelson donated $121,000 to recovery efforts -- $81,000 directly to the West Volunteer Fire Department and another $40,000 to his hometown of Abbott, which had a truck destroyed in the blast.

Additionally, country singer Tracey Lawrence will take part in concert this summer that will benefit volunteer fire departments, like the one in West, that are desperately in need of money.

The Waco Foundation's website said that, as of May 14, donations totaled $545,000, though that total did not include the donation made by Bama Works.

On May 1, the Waco Foundation's West Disaster Relief Efforts Fund was voted to be the designated recipient of all charitable donations. Anyone who would like to donate to the Waco Foundation West Disaster Relief Fund can do so here

Those making a donation will also have the ability to designate whether the money should go to the general fund, residents or firefighters.


West Fertilizer Plant Explosion
Complete coverage of a massive fertilizer plant explosion that leveled blocks of the small Texas town of West, TX. Click here for more.

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