Celebrating relief with a concert

By Anthony Antoine | aantoine@wcia.com

Published 01/25 2014 07:12PM

Updated 01/27 2014 01:36PM

Update: 10:05 pm
GIFFORD -- It's been a long road for families in this community. Rebounding from the tornado hasn't been easy. WCIA-3's Anthony Antoine shows us why the Gifford Tornado Relief Concert isn't just about music, it's about family coming together again.

"The hardest thing was to try to find a weekend where Gordyville was available."

Today's the day. People are walking in. The equipment is plugged up. The cymbals are ready. The Gifford Tornado Relief Benefit Concert is about raising money to help tornado victims. But, Nancy Schlaber's here for more than just the entertainment.

"We lost our house in the storm and we had to move to a temporary house in Rantoul and my family and I miss being with our neighborhood and so I just wanted to come out and see my friends. Tonight's like coming home, except in a much bigger house."

There's a lot of love in this room.

"I don't have a family in Gifford, but my community is my family."

Everyone's here to have fun including the kids.

"I'm playing in the bounce house."

Inflatables, face painting and, of course, good food from Rube's Country Kitchen. A lot was lost in the tornado, but the concert is about finding a way to move on.

"If I was going to go through a tornado, I wouldn't want to go through it with any other group of people."

Two local bands put the event together. So far, the concert raised more than $30,000.
Original: 6:03 pm
GIFFORD -- Some much needed excitement is underway. After a sound check, residents are ready to party. The Gifford Relief Benefit Concert at Gordyville is raising money to help the community rebuild. One woman is looking forward to spending time with her neighbors who've become family. Ten bans performed.

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