West Mayor Makes a Stop in West Texas 5/18/13
CBS 7 News
May 18, 2013
Gardendale - Since the fertilizer plant explosion that killed more than a dozen and injured hundreds other, West, TX mayor Tommy Muska has been working around the clock; that was until today.
He took a break and headed to west Texas to be part of the Texas Thunder Music Festival, which is donating 100 percent of their proceeds to his community.
Mayor Muska is full of gratitude today as he makes a stop in west Texas.
He was the special guest at Texas Thunder Music Fest today. This is his first day off since the devastating fertilizer plant explosion.
"I'm trying to wind down. That's kind of hard to do after 30 days, but Iím trying," mayor Muska said.
He says the last 30 days have been trying times for his community.
"It's just now small steps to go back to normalcy," he said.
One-hundred-percent of the net proceeds from Texas Thunder will benefit recovery efforts in West. It's a gesture mayor Muska says he had to be here to simply say thank you.
"From the citizens of West to the people of west Texas, I want to say thank you," Muska said.
Muska along with thousands of west Texans are kicking back and raising money west Texas style, with a Texas country music fest.
"I'm a county music fan and I'm looking forward to the Troubadoors and Wade Bowen," he said.
Nearly everything at the fest including, fencing, tents, light stands and trailers have been donated, so that as much money as possible can go to West.
Mayor Muska says donations like the ones West will receive from Texas Thunder will go a long way in rebuilding his town.
Brian Andrews, the organizer of Texas Thunder announced a special toll-free number to accept donations for those affected by the explosion.
The number is 1-877-559-7767.
In addition, donations can be made at texasthunderfest.com.