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Local fundraiser to benefit tornado relief efforts

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ALBANY, N.Y. – Volunteers and organizations nationwide have mobilized to offer aid to victims of the deadly tornado that raked through Oklahoma earlier this week. Capital Region residents looking for their way to join in on those efforts can head to Crossgates Mall Thursday to donate to the "5-1-8 for OK" relief drive.

Six local radio stations will be hosting a one-day fundraiser from 6 a.m. until noon at The Standard Restaurant & Lounge to benefit the victims of the Moore, Oklahoma tornado. The stations of Albany Broadcasting, the locally-owned radio station group, are unable to accept clothing or food donations, but are asking listeners to help the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund in their efforts to help rebuild the destroyed communities of Oklahoma by donating cash or checks.

For residents in a hurry, whether on their way to work or taking a quick lunch break, the stations have made donating quick and convenient. There won't even be a need to get out of the car. They can simply "drive by" and make their donation. 

Tuesday's twister left an estimated 20,000 families homeless and did approximately $2 billion in damage, which puts it on track to be the most expensive tornado in national history. The suburban City of Moore was hit particularly hard. It was left devastated by the two mile path of destruction that leveled two elementary schools and carved through neighborhoods where homes and businesses once stood.

The American Red Cross is one of the many organizations helping in the recovery efforts and 100 percent of the funds raised in Thursday's "5-1-8 for OK" will go directly to helping fund its specific involvement.

FLY 92.3, B95.5, JAMZ 96.3, 104.9 The Cat, Rock 100.9 and Magic 590AM  have also offered the following incentive: for each $10 donation, locals will receive one entry for a package of their choice.  The winners will be announced Friday morning. The four packages to be offered are as follows:

• A pair of tickets and meet ‘n greet for the Jason Aldean concert on August 11 at SPAC

• A pair of tickets and roundtrip limo transportation to the Michael Buble concert at Barclay's Center on September 29

• A pair of PIT tickets to see The Dave Matthews Band on May 26—these tickets cannot be purchased—truly a priceless experience

• A Hip Hop Experience in NYC to see Chris Brown with 1-night hotel

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