How To Help
Fund to Aid Shooting Victims and Families

A fund has been established for the victims of the shootings at the Westroads Mall.

United Way of the Midlands is assisting with online pledging. No fundraising or administrative fees will be deducted from contributions. The fund will benefit victims and their immediate families.

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    Gifts of cash and checks can be dropped off at either location of the First Westroads Bank: 612 N. 98th Street (southeast corner of the Westroads Mall parking lot), or 156th and West Dodge Road.

    Donations can also be mailed to: Von Maur Victims Fund c/o United Way of the Midlands; 1805 Harney St, Omaha, NE 68102.

    Benefit Concert
    A benefit concert for the family of Bev Flynn has been scheduled for February 28, 2008. It will be at 8 p.m. at The Slowdown featuring GAELIC STORM. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at or at Homers.
    Heidi Joy, David M. Mangelsen and Channel 6 For The Heartland are presenting “We Are One… An Evening of Comfort and Joy” at the Orpheum Theatre on Friday, December 28, 2007. This concert's purpose is to gather the Omaha community to promote hope and healing among the Von Maur & Westroads employees, victim's families, first responders and anyone else who was directly or indirectly affected by the events on December 5, 2007.

    The concert will start at 8pm, with doors opening at 7pm. It is a free, general admission concert.

    Mary Kay Mueller will sing her new song, “From the Heart,” written in response to the Von Maur shooting, and actor John Beasley will also speak. Local TV anchors, John Knicely and Tracy Madden will be emcees for the evening.

    “The Von Maur tragedy has left a lot of us shaken, and I want to help the community in it’s healing process with an evening of beautiful music and inspiration,” said David M. Mangelsen. “This idea started small, and with the great support I’ve gotten from others, has blossomed into what will be a terrific, uplifting event for the Omaha community.”

    “Through the years I have watched first-hand the healing power of music,” said Heidi Joy. “It is my hope that this event will bring peace and healing to the community of which I am so proud to be a part.”

    "We believe such an event will indeed contribute to healing and be an opportunity to acknowledge the unity of our community...a community that has always come together for each other," said "Charlie" Peterson, General Manager of WOWT.

    More information about the event can be found at

  • WOWT NBC Omaha 3501 Farnam Street Omaha, NE 68131 (402) 346-6666
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