Category Archives: Joplin Tornado

  • Joplin Tornado Takes a Son and Spares a Father

    The CFO’s fall newsletter is out, and features the Norton family’s story of loss and survival in the Joplin tornado. A scholarship fund has been established in memory of Will Norton, a member of the Joplin Class of 2011 graduating on that May day.

    “He was just gone”

    The Tornado’s Wrath Claimed Will Norton, But His Legacy Survives

    As Mark Norton lay broken in a crowded, chaotic operating room, Dr. Rex Peterson leaned in close to tell him the morphine supply was depleted and he was going to experience more pain than he’d ever known as the surgeon prepared to re-set the bones protruding from his left leg.

    But it hardly compared to the even more exquisite pain a week later when Pastor Aaron Brown had to lean in again at Mark’s hospital bedside in the pre-dawn hours to tell him his son Will’s body had been positively identified after a frantic week of friends, family, strangers and search teams looking for the popular Joplin teenager who vanished into the twister.

    An aspiring director whose career was kickstarted with more than 2 million views of his prolific YouTube videos, Will Norton was headed to a prestigious film program at Chapman University near Disneyland. He’d traveled to 34 states and 15 countries, and was learning to fly. His tennis team went to state finals and he went to leadership programs like Boy’s State; he was just at one in Washington, D.C., when Bin Laden was killed and he joined the throngs outside of the White House.

    “He was always just a great kid to be around. He made good choices, he never gave us a moment’s worry,” Mark says. “He was a good student. He volunteered his time. He made friends easily because he was real considerate.”

  • Michigan Ragtime Band Supports Joplin with Joplin

    Joplin’s musical history and namesake composer will help support its future in Michigan this weekend when the River Raisin Ragtime Revue performs a concert to raise money for tornado recovery efforts. The “Joplin for Joplin” concert will include the work of not only “the King of Ragtime” Scott Joplin, but also Joplin’s own Percy Wenrich, […]

  • KC Star Book on Joplin Tornado to Raise Money for Joplin Recovery Fund

    From Kansas City Star Books

    “Joplin: 5:41” has been released by Kansas City Star Books and all royalties from the book go to the Joplin Recovery Fund managed by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and the Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri. Several book signings are scheduled in Kansas City, Springfield and Joplin. 

    A Springfield signing is scheduled from 1 – 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15, at Barnes & Noble, 3055 S. Glenstone Ave., in Springfield.  A Joplin signing is scheduled at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Joplin Library, 300 S. Main St., Joplin, Mo.

    The book presents the incredible story of tragedy and courage in the face of one of nature’s mightiest storms. This hard-cover book collects the detailed coverage by The Kansas City Star of the storm, its cruel effects, the city’s courageous response and the recovery that now goes on.  Featuring extraordinary images, compelling graphics and the award-winning work of The Star’s reporting staff, the book seeks not just to chronicle the destruction, but to celebrate the heroic efforts of Joplin’s citizenry and the thousands of volunteers who rushed in to begin the healing.

  • KSMU Report Focuses on Joplin Recovery Fund

    Springfield Public Radio Station KSMU focused on tornado recovery efforts by the Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri and Community Foundation of the Ozarks in today’s “Making a Difference Where You Live” segment. The segment described the CFSWMO/CFO activity since the May 22 Joplin tornado through interviews with CFO President Brian Fogle, Joplin staff associate Michelle […]

  • Bride and Groom Encourage Guests to Text Donations for Joplin

    Daniel Koucky and Lindsey Eldridge already have faced harder challenges than some married couples do in a lifetime. They lost their first home, a 1940 house they they were working on restoring,  and virtually everything they had accumulated for it,  in the May 22 Joplin tornado. The couple lived with relatives as they worked on […]

  • First Joplin Recovery Fund Grants Awarded

    The Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri, Inc., marked the completion of the first round of Joplin Recovery Fund grants with a presentation Friday at Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center. The 18 grantees received checks totaling $299,980, thanks to private donations and additional support from the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, the Tulsa Community Foundation […]

  • Sheryl Crow Mercedes Auction Buyers Match Car Price with Donation to Joplin Schools

    The purchasers of the vintage Mercedes auctioned by Sheryl Crow have made a matching donation of $130,000 to the Joplin Schools Recovery Fund to help the district rebuild after the massive damage of the May 22 tornado. The couple who bought Crow’s 1959 white Mercedes 190SL convertible for $130,000 in August wish to remain anonymous. […]

  • Joplin Recovery Fund Awards Almost $300,000 in Tornado Relief Grants

    The Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri will award the first Joplin Recovery Fund grants to 18 organizations involved in post-tornado recovery efforts at 3 p.m., Friday, Sept. 16. The grants totaling $299,980 will be presented to the recipients at Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center. The successful applicants in this grant round were narrowed from […]

  • Sheryl Crow Donation Raises $130,000 for Joplin Schools

    The auction of Sheryl Crow’s vintage Mercedes convertible raised $130,000 in net proceeds for the Joplin Schools Recovery Fund during the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Sunday evening.

    The auction proceeds exceeded the estimated value of $50,000 to $80,000 for the 1959 white Mercedes 190 SL. In addition to the vehicle, she generously included a Signature Sheryl Crow Gibson guitar, a pair of concert tickets and a photo opportunity with the winning bidder as part of the package.

    Crow said her background as a teacher and her personal interest in public education led her to select Joplin schools as the beneficiary of the proceeds for the car, which was auctioned by Gooding & Company as part of its prestigious, annual Pebble Beach Auctions every August, coinciding with the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

    “I really do believe the future of this country is our kids being educated to the fullest,” Crow said. “I wanted to do something meaningful to help the school system because that will be so integral to Joplin’s recovery in the years to come.”

    The Joplin Schools Recovery Fund is one of 21 funds established at the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and its largest affiliate, the Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri, designated for various aspects of the community’s recovery from the May 22 tornado. The total of the funds is now more than $3.85 million.

  • Reminder: Sheryl Crow’s Mercedes to be Auctioned Sunday

    Count us among those excited about Sunday’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, an elite car show in California. But it’s not because we like pretty things that go vroom (though we do). Rather, following Sunday’s show, the vintage Mercedes donated by Sheryl Crow to the Joplin relief efforts will be auctioned with the entire country watching. […]

  • First Joplin Recovery Fund Grant Cycle Opens for Non-Profits

    The Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri, Inc., is now accepting applications for its first Joplin Recovery Fund grants to help area non-profit organizations with tornado recovery efforts. The Joplin Tornado Recovery Grants will be open to agencies within the CFSWMO’s service area of Jasper, Newton, Barton and McDonald counties that have 501(c)3 or equivalent IRS […]

  • Sheryl Crow to Promote Mercedes Auction for Joplin Schools on Jay Leno

        Missouri native Sheryl Crow, who announced recently that she’ll donate proceeds from the sale of her 1959 Mercedes Benz Roadster to the Joplin Schools Recovery Fund, plans to talk about the upcoming auction with fellow car enthusiast Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show” tonight. The Grammy-award winner from Kennett, Mo., also will is […]