It’s sometimes inaccurately said that Washington is nobody’s hometown (about 40 percent of D.C. residents were born here), but we do have a large population of interstate immigrants whose hometown loyalty has never transferred with them.

That can be a good thing, as it will be tonight (Monday) at the Columbus Club in Union Station when Joplin, Mo., natives host a Red4Joplin fundraiser to help the people devastated by the May 22 tornado.


Last months tornado in Joplin was the deadliest single twister in the United States since 1947, killing at least 139. (ERIC THAYER/REUTERS)

“Our red theme is inspired by a Joplin area institution and puts a twist on the standard black-tie affair of most fundraisers,” said organizer Kiki L’Italien. “We hope everyone will be ‘Dressed to the Reds’ and come out and lend their support.”

Event tickets are tax-deductible and start at $75. Tickets may be purchased online. Proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity International, which is rebuilding homes in Joplin.

Donations are also tax-deductible and may be made to Red4Joplin through Eventbrite.