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A group of businesses gets behind a gofundme campaign to fix Joplin's Memorial Hall.

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A group of businesses gets behind a gofundme campaign to fix Joplin's Memorial Hall.

     The campaign seeks to raise sixty thousand dollars to help fix a crushed sewer line. It’s creators are also the sponsors of a concert festival called Zerkapalooza. Zerkapalooza  is coming soon to Memorial hall.  The headline act is to play there. The hall has one of eight stages across downtown to be used. The group behind it is Livejomo.

Jon Buck, the co-founder of Livejomo says, "Livejomo is the areas first  business formed entity that is an entertainment promotional co-op designed to subsidize entertainment in Joplin."  

But the concert and other events playing at the hall  must currently bring in extra toilets. The men's on the main floor  are out of service because the northeast part of the hall has a crushed sewer line.

New Joplin parks and recreation director Scott Garrie says, ”The sewer line is a layered issue. To get to the sewer line we have to take out a portion of the ramp. While sewer line costs are estimated to be somewhere at forty thousand (dollars) plus,  it’s also getting to that point and what you put back in its place."

The city council has known about the sewer line since last fall. And is expected to discuss the hall's future in this year’s budget talks.

Buck and Livejomo created a gofundme campaign to help now.

Buck says, "We don't want to come to the city pressure them and say we want this done, want this done. We want to work with the city to get this done. That’s what was behind this idea for a public, private venture to help bring memorial hall back to its glory days. "

Garrie says, "With our restroom issue, we’re limited to the  number of people we  can have in the building. But if we can solve that issue, we can get back to that capacity."

Currently only events for up to five hundred people unless the event promoters bring in portable units. Memorial at capacity is at least twenty-five hundred seats.

Zerkapalooza profits will help the campaign.

Buck says, "A high percentage of all our beer sales   and non-alcohol  sales will be donated  back to our gofundme so we can be one hundred  percent transparent with the amount of money going back to us, with us raising money to repair the sewer line."

It’s not just to cover maintenance and repairs, the group hopes to show the city that the hall is a worthwhile investment.

Zerkapalooza public relations director Paul Whitehill says, "Memorial  hall is important for the whole Joplin community,  not just downtown. People attending events here will be staying at hotels, eating at restaurant all over.  We  think it’s a small investment in the future of memorial hall." 

   The parks department annual  budget for Memorial hall averages two-hundred to two-hundred fifty thousand dollars.

     Garrie says more would likely be needed for the sewer  fix and  for increased usage.

Click here to connect to the gofundme campaign.

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