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Posted on Wed, Mar 28, 2012 : 5 p.m.

Hamburg Pirate Youth Football Association helps Dexter Tornado Relief Fund top $125,000

By Lisa Allmendinger


David Klumpp of Chelsea State Bank and Josh Smith-Peters, a member of the Hamburg Pirate Youth Football Association, present a $10,000 check for the Dexter Tornado Relief Fund. The money was raised by members of the neighboring youth group.

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With a check for $10,000 from the Hamburg Pirate Youth Football Association, the total for the Dexter Relief Fund has topped $125,000, and is still growing.

Tim McDonnell, the organization's assistant treasurer and registrar, said after the group found out about the tornado, organizers contacted the local Kroger grocery store and collected bottles and cans on Saturday and Sunday and raised $2,800. With other donations, that total reached $5,000, and the youth group matched the amount raised.

The group made the donation at Monday night's Village Council meeting.

“That $2,800 means they handled 28,000 bottles and cans,” he said.

Matt LaFontaine, general manager of LaFontaine Chevrolet, who started the fund, and David Klumpp, banking officer/manager for the Dexter branch of the Chelsea State Bank, accepted the check on behalf of the relief fund.

Courtney Nicholls, assistant village manager, said that about 400 applications had been sent to homeowners affected by the tornado to apply for relief funding.

Lisa Allmendinger is a regional reporter for She can be reached at For more Dexter stories, visit our Dexter page.



Thu, Mar 29, 2012 : 10:53 a.m.

Agree Melissa08. Although much of the home damage is covered by insurance, there are many, many families who have damage to trees, yards, debris on their property. None of this is covered by insurance. This can cost thousands of dollars. Some people have lost 100+ trees on their property and have to pay out of their pockets for clean up.

Linda McLaughlin

Wed, Mar 28, 2012 : 10:59 p.m.

Job well done Pirates.


Wed, Mar 28, 2012 : 9:33 p.m.

We got hit by the tornado pretty badly and, as of yet, we have not received an application. Who makes that decision and how, why?