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Fundraisers for missing women are moving full steam ahead

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British band English Beat raising money for Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight British band English Beat raising money for Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

Fundraisers continue for the three women rescued from a Cleveland home after ten years: among them, pizza sales, toy collections and live concerts. 

The British band English Beat drew in a huge crowd at the Beachland Ballroom Tuesday evening.  Lead singer Dave Wakeling grew up in Birmingham, England and says Cleveland reminds him of home. The performance was his way of helping Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight. 

Those in attendance wanted to do their part as well. 

"Absolutely came out to support those three beautiful women and that child to see what we could do," said Karen Ford.  "I grew up in that area and it breaks my heart that that happened there."

Ford also said, "I'm glad that people can see that Cleveland is strong and resilient just like those beautiful girls." 

"It's hard to know what to do other than you feel like you have to do something," added Lily Korte.  "I mean it's probably a little thing… going to a concert or something just to show support, but I think it proves that people in Cleveland do want to show some sort of support in any way they can to help these women." 

The concert is not the only place where people are trying to help out. 

The Family Ministry Center on Fulton Road is collecting gifts, cards and personal notes until June 22. 

On Thursday, all sales at Angelo's Pizza on Madison Avenue in Lakewood will go to the girls. 

The Lincoln College of Technology is partnering with the Cleveland Courage Fund to collect new toys and clothing for Berry's six-year-old daughter, Jocelyn. Collections will start on Monday and end on June 14.  They are located on the corner of East 13th St. and Chester Ave. and will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

People can also donate through the Cleveland Courage Fund at any Key Bank. 

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