Joplin Native’s Facebook Page Raises $1 Million for Tornado Relief

The growing power of social media to generate information and assistance in times of crisis has been very evident from the moments soon after disaster struck Joplin on May 22.

Brent Beshore, the son of Lance and Sharon Beshore, who are donor-advisers with the CFO’s largest affiliate, the Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri, Inc., started the Joplin MO Tornado Recovery Facebook page that evening.

This account from the social media company AR&D’s website details the incredible response to a telethon fundraising effort for Joplin put together in just three days by Brent and others in the Columbia area.

Since that Sunday night, Brent’s Joplin MO Facebook  following has grown to more than 170,000 people and we’re proud to be just one of them.