Video: Tornado Aid – WGN Radio’s talent show to benefit victims of the 1990 Will County tornado
On August 28, 1990, Will County was devastated by a tornado that killed 29 people, injured 353, and caused $140 million in damage, including the destruction of Plainfield High School. Just over one week later, WGN Radio presented a five-hour fundraiser at the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet. The show, dubbed “Tornado Aid” and hosted by Bob Collins, featured members of the WGN Radio staff and friends of the station performing in a talent show format before a packed house. The event and sales of the subsequent home video raised over $130,000 for the United Way of Will County to assist with relief efforts.
Below are highlights of Tornado Aid from the home video: