Missouri congressional delegation joins in fundraiser

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Help for Joplin stretched to Washington D.C., where Missouri's congressional delegation and other Missouri natives held a special fundraiser.

Congressman Billy Long, a Springfield Republican, led Tuesday evening's event by using his auctioneer skills. He auctioned off such things as two first-class plane tickets and a pair of tickets to Saturday's game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals.

The congressional delegation and the Missouri State Society hosted the event, which was expected to raise $25,000 for several charities helping those affected by the May 22 tornado that devastated Joplin. The Missouri State Society is an organization for Missourians living in Washington.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that Sens. Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt, and Reps. Todd Akin and Russ Carnahan also attended.

Information from: Springfield News-Leader, http://www.news-leader.com


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