The rock band Incubus is using its performance in Springfield on the date of the Joplin tornado anniversary Tuesday to support recovery efforts with a donation for Joplin from the band’s Make Yourself Foundation.
The Make Yourself Foundation donated $2,848 to the Joplin Recovery Fund as the proceeds from an eBay auction of VIP meet-and-greets with band members before they perform at Drury University’s O’Reilly Family Events Center Tuesday evening.
The Foundation, created in 2004 and named for the California-based band’s 1999 breakthrough album, has raised more than $1 million to support a variety of interests and causes through funds raised from these types of auctions, record royalties, touring and special events.
“We have a unique and blessed opportunity to share music with people and occasionally the need arises to share more than sound!” lead singer Brandon Boyd said. “Having seen the now infamous footage of that fateful day in Joplin, we just felt like it was a wonderful chance to bring some light into an otherwise tragic situation. It is our pleasure to be of service here and we are so looking forward to bringing music to you guys as well! Thank you for the opportunity!”
Since May 23, 2011, generous donors have made gifts of more than $3.7 million to the Joplin Recovery Fund, established by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and its Joplin-based affiliate, the Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri, Inc. To date, the JRF has granted out $2.4 million in 30 grants supporting non-profit organizations working on housing and human-services recovery needs.
In addition to the Joplin Recovery Fund, private donors and organizations have established 21 other funds for Joplin at the CFO/CFSWMO totaling $9.4 million in gifts to support the City of Joplin, Joplin Schools, Parks, companies providing employee assistance, and other recovery needs.
“We have been amazed throughout the year at the vast range of philanthropic support people around the country, and even other countries, have shown for Joplin,” CFO President Brian Fogle said. “This gift from Incubus is one of the many creative ways people are supporting Joplin’s recovery. We appreciate the band’s recognition of Tuesday’s milestone in the long road still ahead for Joplin.”
Donations for Joplin’s recovery can be made online at: www.cfozarks.org/donate; by mail at P.O. Box 8960, Springfield, MO, 65801; or through gifts of $10 by texting “JOPLIN” to 41010.