Prairie Village, KS, September 05, 2012 -- It was just over a year ago when Joplin, MO was hit with a devastating EF5 Tornado. Shortly after the news, Michael Collar, President of Winco Fireworks International, the Master Distributor of Black Cat® Brand Fireworks contacted Aaron Colson, of Black Market Fireworks, a major Black Cat® fireworks retailer/wholesaler in Joplin. He was relieved to hear that they were spared by the tornado, however St. Mary's Elementary school which Mr. Colson's children attend was not.

According to Colson, “St. Mary’s currently has 211 children with no place to go this fall for school. Sure insurance will cover some of the rebuilding, but what about the books, computers, smart boards, computer lab plus much more that insurance just won’t cover? St. Mary’s just completed a fundraising drive in 2010 to help remodel and get other needed supplies; that is now all gone.”

Immediately Mike and Aaron put their heads together and within days after the tornado struck started a fundraising drive to help St. Mary's cover the things that Insurance won't cover.

Black Cat® Fireworks and Winco Fireworks are pleased to announce that through their websites, nationwide Independent Black Cat® Dealers, retailers, dedicated employees and loyal customers have donated nearly $12,000.00 to date. On Friday, September 7th, Mike Collar will present an additional Check to St. Mary's in the amount of $10,000 from Black Cat® Fireworks and Winco Fireworks. This will bring the total raised to nearly $22,000.00 to help towards the rebuilding of a new future for St. Mary's Elementary schol.

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