UPDATE: Fundraiser To Help Minneapolis Sports Bar Destroyed By Rioters Tops 10x Its Initial Goal, Now Over $1,000,000

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A fundraiser to help a Minneapolis sports bar that was destroyed by rioters has now exceeded 10 times its initial goal of $100,000, standing just under $1,100,000.

The Scores Sports Bar was a lifelong dream to owner KB Balla, a dream that was initially put on hold by the coronavirus pandemic.

According to a bio on the fundraising page, Scores Sports Bar was expected to have its grand opening this spring but was unable to do so with the COVID-19 global pandemic and subsequent restrictions in place.

Stores and restaurants were finally able to start reopening, but then came the tragic murder of George Floyd.

“Just as Scores was gearing up to welcome customers with updated guidelines from the govenor, George Floyd was murdered and everything changed overnight,” the bio reads.

“Scores Sports Bar was LOOTED, VANDALIZED and DESTROYED 5/27/2020,” the bio continues. So now, “This black-owned business is left trying to pick up the pieces amidst mourning with the community.”

People quickly rallied behind the owner and his family, exceeding $1,000,000 in fundraising within just a week.

FaithWire reports:

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Restaurant owner Kb Balla shared some pictures and an update yesterday, expressing his deep gratitude for the outpouring of support from so many people and showing how he’s helping the community rebuild. Here’s what he wrote:

This has been such an eye-opening experience. The world has poured into me and my family to support our business. At the same time being a resident of Minnesota and member of the community we have to do our part. It has been remarkable that even through our grief we have found ways to comfort and support each other. Swipe to see what we were up to yesterday. #PrayForMinneapolis #scoresbarmn #scoresportsbarmn #givingback #inthistogether ❤❤❤

He also shared some pictures of community members giving back.

According to the bio, Kb Balla is a firefighter on the Brooklyn Center Fire Department and has four children with his wife Twyana. The fundraiser adds:

the toll of this entire situation is heavy. KB has been a community entrepreneur for decades and coaches and contributes to the community in which they live.

Anything you can donate to start the rebuild process will be a blessing

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