Monday, August 10 a storm blew through Eastern Iowa devastating the area. That storm was a derecho containing winds of up to 140 mph. In fact, it did so much damage that Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds issued disaster proclamations for several Iowa counties. Homes and businesses were destroyed, power was out in the area, and debris was everywhere. Now a concert is being put together to help victims.

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NewBo City Market and The Olympic South Side Theater will host the "NewBo Derecho Show". According to a press release from NewBo, it's a fundraising event featuring live music and comedy to benefit the Catherine McAuley Center. The Center offers "one-on-one tutoring and small group learning opportunities to adult learners, provides refugees and immigrants with employment-readiness education and job-seeking support, as well as assistance navigating community resources like transportation, healthcare, and housing, and it helps women who have experienced trauma find individualized support, housing and basic needs assistance, and therapeutic and skill-building opportunities."

The event will take place this Saturday, August 22 in the NewBo City Market Yard beginning at 3 p.m. Entertainment includes Justin Goodchild and the Evan Stock Band, along with other musicians and there will be improv comedy between sets. If your around before 7 p.m. you can see the acts for free, after 7 p.m. a ticketed concert will be held across the street at The Olympic South Side Theater (50 gust limit).

With your $75 ticket purchase you'll get a table with your group, two drink tickets, and a snack. You can get your ticket HERE. Social distancing measures will be in place and event-goers are encouraged to wear masks.

“This is a great opportunity for people to show their support of derecho victims while taking some time to enjoy themselves.” says The Olympic owner Steve Shriver. If you can't make the event you can still donate to @newbo-derecho on the Venmo app.

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