Tornado relief benefit March 18

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Malden is a city that has showed what perseverance is all about. After having the south end of their city destroyed on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, by an EF2 tornado, the city has seen strength in places it never knew before.

“Between the individuals who live here to those we just met for the first time after the storm, I have seen strength unlike any other in this town,” said Malden Mayor Denton Kooyman. “When you are faced with devastation like this, you see right into the heart of the people and it’s been a situation that has forever changed us all.”

Councilwoman Dianna Rogers, who’s ward was devastated, organized a community benefit to raise money for the tornado victims. “The recovery has been a lengthy process but we are so blessed to have had the help from so many groups who came and wanted to do what they could to help,” Rogers said. “It’s amazing that so much good can come from something so terrible.”

Rogers has planned a benefit for 2 p.m., Sunday, March 18, at the American Legion in Malden.

“The Justin Heskett Band will be performing, along with Chas and Callie Watkins, As Is, Swamp Whiskey, Kool Addition, the Ernie Lewis Band, the Z Band, and other guests,” Rogers stated. “We want to invite everyone to come out and join us in a day of fun and also, help us raise money which will go directly to the tornado disaster relief fund,” added Rogers.

In addition to the performances, the benefit will also consist of a raffle, a variety of foods, face painting, photo booths and a couple of sale booths. “There will be T-shirts for sale and we are also having a bake sale,” Rogers said. “This is for everyone.”

The City of Malden is extending an invitation to everyone who would like to contribute and help Malden in its effort to rebuild and move forward.

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