Indian Lake Tornado Relief Fund

Relief Fund


At 7:44 PM on Thursday March 14, an EF3 tornado ripped through the Indian Lake region, killing three people, destroying over 300 homes, and causing widespread damage to over 1,000 properties and businesses. 

The following morning, the United Way Board met in emergency session and established the Indian Lake Tornado Relief Fund with the goal of supporting immediate and long-term recovery efforts, with an emphasis to be placed on identifying and fulfilling unmet needs.  100 percent of all donations to the Relief Fund will go directly to this purpose.  

As of 3PM on Tuesday April 16, $1,290,736 has been pledged. In addition, United Way provided $100,000 to be used in a 1st phase of funding for agencies directly involved in providing immediate response, taking the fund to $1,390,736. 

Donor Recognition Page

Many other groups have completed or will be conducting fundraisers for the Indian Lake Tornado Relief Fund.  They include the following:

Ongoing - Anchored in Hope T-shirts / Sweatshirts.  100% of profits go to Relief Fund
Ongoing - Pathways Financial Credit Union Matching Fundraiser
Friday March 15 - McCarthy & Cox Matching Challenge raises over $10,000
Wednesday March 20 - American Society of Ephesus donates $25,000
Thursday March 21 - Honda pledges for Tornado Relief
Thursday March 21 - Holland Theatre Benefit Concert raises more than $50,000
Tuesday March 26 - Texas Roadhouse locations raise $54,600 in "Dine to Donate"
Saturday April 6 - Logan County Farm Bureau - Reverse Raffle
Monday April 8 - Hi Road Drive-In Theatre - Eclipse at the Drive-In
Saturday April 27 - Indian Lake Rebuild Ride - Harley Davidson Lima to Desperados in Huntsville
Friday May 17 - 33 West Productions - Chris Janson Concert in Lima

E-mail your events / fundraisers to and we'll add them to this page.



As of Wednesday April 10, 191 Logan County households impacted by the March 14 tornado that ripped through the Indian Lake region have made appointments to process financial assistance.  Intakes occur by appointment only at the Multi-Agency Resource Center established for tornado victims, which is moving to 431 Madison Avenue in Russells Point. Victims can schedule an appointment online or by calling (937) 592-2886.

Financial assistance is available for needs including:

  • Housing expenses, including rent, mortgage, security deposit, hotel expenses
  • Home repair, including insurance deductible
  • Auto expenses, including car repair, car payment, down payment, insurance deductible
  • Prescription Medication
  • Utilities
  • Student hardship fees
  • Pet care
  • Other living expenses as deemed appropriate during in-take

Appointments will occur at the Multi-Agency Resource Center in conjunction with other state and local agencies so that victims can bundle and maximize the help they can receive.  Residents needing transportation to an appointment can call Lift Delivery at 937-722-1347 for a free ride.

Tornado victims from each affected neighborhood and leaders from the Indian Lake community met on April 3 to determine the criteria for how the Relief Funds would be spent.  

"On behalf of the Indian Lake Tornado Relief Committee, we thank all the outside donors for your support to create this opportunity," said Brenda Moots, owner of Indian Lake Outfitters & The Depot in Lakeview.  "Our goal is to assist as many families as possible with full transparency, representation, and immediate need to our Indian Lake area residents.  We know this isn’t a fix all answer to everyone's situation. It won’t completely address the large number of displaced families or their wide spread needs. But it is certainly a good start that offers hope and assists with more immediate need while the community works through avenues of other funding possibilities."

Committee members include:

  • Dave Coburn – Indian Lake Schools
  • Pastor Jim Ellington – Indian Lake Community Church
  • Dale Frymeyer – Choice Properties Real Estate / Indian Lake Development Corporation
  • Suzanne Gillespie – Shoreline Construction
  • Cynthia Heffner – Logan County Department of Job & Family Services
  • Rachel Kubic – Hanna Howard Real Estate / Indian Lake Development Corporation
  • Scott Mohler – Lift Delivery
  • Brenda Moots – Indian Lake Outfitters
  • Amy Musil – LuLu’s at the Lake
  • Tim O’Rielley – CoverLink Insurance / United Way Allocations Chair
  • Rick Powers – NX Automotive Logistics / United Way Board Member
  • Katie Rychener – Unit-Ten / United Way Board Member
  • Corey VanHoose – CenterPoint Energy / United Way Board Member

Also present were

  • Dave Bezusko- United Way of Logan County
  • Ashley Spence – United Way of Logan County
  • Bobbi Jo Trittschuh – Honda

The committee authorized that 70 percent of the funds raised to date (up to $800,000) will be used in this second phase of support for tornado recovery, with the remaining funds set aside for a third phase of funding taking long-term needs into account this summer.   


To date, $97,647.16 has been used in the 1st phase of funding for the following purposes:

  • Aries Pharmacy - $1,000 to cover cost of prescription medication and copays for victims.
  • Liberty Roofing - $30,000 to provide roofing materials and repairs of uninsured victims.
  • Logan County Board of Developmental Disabilities - $10,000 to cover basic needs for their affected clients.
  • Logan County Cancer Society - $5,000 to cover cost of lost medication / supplies for cancer patients.
  • Mary Rutan Foundation - $9,337.78 - to purchase and deliver generators for use in the immediate aftermath in the Indian Lake region. 
  • Mary Rutan Foundation - $10,000 to cover cost of prescription medication and copays for victims.
  • Peak of Hope Homeless Shelter - $20,000 for temporary hotel stays for medically fragile victims unable to utilize community emergency shelters.
  • RTC Services - $5,000 to provide transportation / shuttle service for victims who lost their cars.
  • TCN Behavioral Health - $5,000 to cover basic needs for their affected mental health clients.
  • United Way - $1,636.16 - to purchase equipment and supplies to set up the two Multi-Agency Resource Centers.
  • United Way - $300 - Gas cards for generators.
  • United Way - $233.81 - to rent and deliver portable storage units to downtown Lakeview.
  • United Way - $139.41 - a floodlight for a materials distribution point in downtown Lakeview.


Gifts can also be made via mail to:
United Way of Logan County
Indian Lake Tornado Relief Fund
653 S. Main St.
Bellefontaine, Ohio 43311

Call Dave or Becca at (937) 592-2886 for more information.