Mellencamp Raises $43,000 for Flood Relief from Crump Ticket Sales

The sale of 150 tickets to John Mellencamp’s Sept. 23 concert at the historic Crump Theater in Columbus, Indiana, which were donated to the United Way and offered to the public on a sealed bid basis, has raised $43,000 to benefit local flood relief in Bartholomew County.

“This is going to be a great help to the flood recovery effort,” says Doug Otto, president of the Bartholomew County United Way and executive director of the Bartholomew County Long Term Flood Recovery Team. “It’s $43,000 that we didn’t expect. The generosity of the Mellencamp team is very much appreciated.”

The money raised will help Bartholomew County in the wake of the devastation that damaged or destroyed 10% of the homes in the county on June 7.

Mellencamp’s performance at the Crump is a key part of “Back Where We Started,” a forthcoming documentary-style special on Mellencamp’s formative years being produced for the Bio Channel. The Crump was one of the first theaters Mellencamp played, and this show will mark his first time back in 32 years.

In related news, Columbus Mayor Fred Armstrong has designated September 23 as John Mellencamp Day and will make a presentation to Mellencamp outside The Crump at 7:30 p.m. that evening—half an hour before doors open for the show. Mellencamp will take the stage at 9 p.m. following sets by the Debuteens and Music Men Show Choir from Columbus North High School.