Concert Raises More than $10,000 for Flood Victims

Concert Raises More than $10,000 for Flood Victims

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ST.GEORGE, Utah (AP) -- A benefit concert for victims of last week's flooding in southern Utah raised more than $10,000 at Dixie State College.

Facilities, advertising and technical assistance were donated for Tuesday's event, which featured the Southern Utah Heritage Choir, the Dixie State College Chorus and the Chapman University Choir.

The money will be sent to organizations assisting in relief efforts, said Floyd Rigby, the event's organizer and Heritage Choir director.

Rigby said he knew last week that something needed to be done to help his community when he heard his 6-year-old grandchild's prayer for shelter and food for people in St. George.

Among those honored at the event were St. George Police Department officer Gage Shimbeck and Santa Clara volunteer firefighter John Miller.

Shimbeck monitored the huge sandbagging effort in the Bloomington area, where only five homes were damaged, while Miller along with another volunteer firefighter, Spencer Anderson, risked their lives to rescue a man who was stuck in a vehicle which plummeted into the Santa Clara River.

Washington County Sheriff Kirk Smith said the volunteers represented "the true spirit of Dixie."

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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