Fundraiser for Oklahoma tornado victims raises $5,000

COLUMBIANA – An event in the city last weekend helped raise $5,000 for Oklahoma tornado victims.

Local businessman Dave Kissinger organized the event in only a matter of days. He had only recently organized a fundraiser in Rogers that generated about $700 for tornado victims.

“I thought as a city we could get together and show that we are going to help someone we don’t even know,” he said.

All money raised is being put toward gift cards that will be given to Heart 4 Children Ministries, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Bartlesville, Okla.

Kissinger said he selected the organization because there are no administrative costs. All donations go directly to the children.

Mayor Dave Spatholt said he was pleased with the fundraiser and thanked everyone involved, including the city’s police and fire departments, who were on hand to provide safety and assist with demonstrations.

“You did a wonderful thing,” he told Kissinger.

The event wasn’t difficult to miss, since Kissinger was able to secure the use of a large bus and some “wrecked” cars for an informational and entertaining wrecker demonstration.

County Commissioner Tim Weigle also helped draw attention to the event at the Sparkle parking lot by skydiving in.

“I’ve never seen it up close like that before,” Kissinger said of the skydive, and thanked Weigle for his participation.

More information about Heart 4 Children Ministries can be found online at