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Fundraiser Brings In $2K For Families Of Mining Victims

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RALEIGH, N.C. — A fundraiser held Saturday night to raise money for families of victims killed in a West Virginia mine explosion surpassed the goal set by organizers, raising more than $2,000.
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    In all, $1,939 in cash and checks were donated throughout the fundraiser, held by the West Virginia University - RTP Alumni Chapter at Tir Na Nog Irish Pub. Contributions by the alumni chapter and the bar will take the amount raised past $2,000, according to event organizer Shannon Blosser.

    Proceeds from the event will go to the

    West Virginia Council of Churches

    , which has set up the Sago Mine Assistance Fund to benefit families.

    Thirteen miners were trapped in Sago Coal Mine when it exploded in the early morning of Jan. 2; all but one died.

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