Stage collapse victims fund tops $240,000

August 30, 2011

By The Associated Press

(AP/Darron Cummings)
A memorial in front of the Grandstand at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis.

A fund set up to raise money for those injured in the Indiana State Fair stage collapse now has more than $240,000.

Central Indiana Community Foundation spokesman Mike Knight says the State Fair Remembrance Fund contained $242,404 as of Tuesday.

That total includes $64,753 donated by Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, who pledged to give $1 per ticket distributed for the team's Aug. 19 preseason game against Washington.

The tally doesn't include donations expected from a concert given by bands Train and Maroon 5 that was moved from the state fair to Conseco Fieldhouse.

Seven people have died among dozens injured since Aug. 13 when strong winds blew the outdoor stage rigging onto people awaiting a performance by the country duo Sugarland.