Here's the most recent update we sent out regarding the tornado aftermath:
Uriah Johnson was working his second day at Home Depot when the tornado completely destroyed that store. He sustained severe injuries from a wall collapsing on him along with multiple other people. After he was able to dig out of the rubble, he was called to the hospital by his other job at the Welch Fire & Rescue to aid in the rescue at St. John's. While there, he collapsed due to the injuries sustained at Home Depot and was taken to a Springfield hospital for brain swelling and internal bleeding. Uriah is now home and is doing much better. He even got in a round of disc golf about 3 days ago.
Pat Wooley, Michael and Isaac Davison, and Zack Jones all lost their houses/apartment buildings along with many of their possessions, including vehicles.
The support all these guys have received from the disc golf community has been amazing. The Disc Golf Monkey, Russ Burns, led the charge by receiving donations from many of his friends and disc golfers across the country and held a raffle at the recent Lake Bella Vista Open tournament to raise money for these five guys. From the first round of giving, a total of almost $1,900 was raised and donated! I say the first round of giving because there are several other clubs & tournaments that will be holding their own donation raffles and raising money for the Joplin tornado victims. If you would like to donate to the Joplin (JDGC) Tornado Fund, you can find a link on our website at www.joplindgc.com
Thank you for all your support and giving. I know we've received donations from guys who live in the KC area. There is still a very large need with some of these disc golfers and obivously our community as a whole.