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Free Concert Benefits Tornado Victims, Strikes A Chord for Performers

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ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – At the Levitt Pavilion, both spectators and performers at a free benefit concert Saturday were “in-tuned” with the victims who lost their homes during this month’s tornado outbreak.

The Levitt Pavilion is collecting money for the Salvation Army to help those in need. Organizers said they raised $9,500, nearly doubling their goal and expectation of $5,000.

TV and Broadway star and Fort Worth native Betty Buckley was among the performers.

Backstage, she said, “I watched the footage of course through the whole thing, and was just in despair for these people, they’re losses, how could we not reach out and try to help them.”

Country singer and former Nashville star Melissa Lawson of Arlington could not stay away either. “I have close friends who were directly hit by the tornadoes, their second floors are down on the ground. It’s very important for me to give back to my own city.”

Now, nearly two weeks later, some residents are still cleaning up the mess the tornado left behind.

Cathy Klopfenstine who lives in West Arlington north of Interstate 20, says the tornado tore bricks off her house, ripped open her roof, shattered her windows, and even moved her shed off its foundation blocks.

Klopfenstine says, “At first, it was very upsetting.”

She worries about the violent weather approaching.

Klopfenstine says, “I just hope we don’t get another tornado.”

She is on the minds of the two thousand people who came here, including Carole Harston, who also made a donation.

She said, “I think it’s wonderful the community can come together and just come together and help out our neighbors.”

The concert she says ended the night on a high note.

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