“The DuVall Tornado Benefit Concert”featuring Clare Dunn will be held September 2nd at the Prowers County Fairgrounds Rodeo Arena. The Billboard charting performer will perform a special night of country music benefiting tornado relief in Lamar, CO, for John and Myrna DuVall, a farming family and friend who were hit with an EF-3 tornado on June 23rd and lost everything they owned, including all barns, corrals, equipment, vehicles, some livestock and eight of their nine dogs when the tornado traveling at approximately 155 mph touched down 15 miles south of the town of Granada in southeastern Colorado. So far, Dunn and her family, whose cattle ranch is just 30 miles away from where the DuValls lived, along with over 50+ local businesses and communities have come together to help sponsor the benefit, including hospitals, farm bureaus, schools, banks, Coors, local businesses and more. Over $70,000 has been raised aside from the ticket sales, which were made available publicly on Friday, July 25 via eventbrite. All proceeds will go directly to the DuValls.
DATE: SATURDAY SEPTEMBER, 2ND 2023
LOCATION: 2206 Saddle Club Dr, Lamar, CO 81052
Prowers County Fairgrounds – Rodeo Arena
ONLINE ONLY VIP: $200 (Includes BBQ/CONCERT/SOUNDCHECK PARTY/ MEET & GREET WITH CLARE DUNN)
4PM – Beer Garden opens
5PM – BBQ Dinner
6:30PM – SHOW STARTS & LIVE AUCTION WILL FOLLOW.
ABOUT THE DUVALL FAMILY FROM CLARE DUNN
Johnny & Myrna have always been friends and great neighbors to our family.
“We farm and ranch near them and all throughout growing up I’ve driven right by their home place on the way to or from fields, Johnny & Myrna have always been there if me and my sister needed help with a tractor, or a pickup, or anything.
Their place has always been a marker for us, either mentally counting down the miles left to get to where we’re headed, or as a common response to the “where you at” phone call amongst our family so we knew when to expect each other home in case of trouble…” oh I’m going by Johnny & Myrna’s.
The first time I drove by their place after the tornado happened, I saw Johnny on the phone, sitting in a storage container where his barn had once been. I couldn’t believe it….it was all gone.
There was no more “Johnny & Myrna’s”. It was unrecognizable, there was nothing left. It made me a bit emotional – I couldn’t imagine my folks place flattened and blown to the wind. Just devastating.
Rural America is full of the most wonderful and generous people I’ve ever met, and that’s not just cause I was raised here.CLARE DUNN
The DuValls have always been a kind and giving family in our community – they were one of the first to show up in Holly, CO after the F4 tornado took out a huge swath of town, with heavy equipment full of diesel and ready to get to work cleaning up, and I’m so thankful the community is giving back.
There are so many people who’ve gotten involved in this benefit and poured their blood, sweat, tears, and cash into giving back. I’m so honored to be a small of this and i encourage anyone who reads this, even if you can’t attend the concert, please consider donating to one of the funds established for raising money.
Even if all you have is a couple bucks, it adds up.
“I’ll be donating one of my guitars for auction, as well as a guitar donated by my friends at FENDER as well as some other surprises I think y’all will enjoy” – CLARE DUNN
MORE INFORMATION : Claredunn.com
If you would like to donate in person in Lamar, CO. Please donate to the DuVall Benefit Fund at Community State Bank or TBK Bank.
Visit this link for all info. on tickets and how to donate: https://www.claredunn.com/duvallbenefit