A GoFundMe campaign to help a Minneapolis firefighter whose sports bar was destroyed in rioting has raised more than $1 million.
Korboi Balla was originally set to open Scores Sports Bar in March, but had to postpone the opening due to the coronavirus pandemic and related shut down. He then planned to open on June 1, the date Minnesota had set for restaurants to be allowed to reopen. Balla's restaurant — and the building it was in — have since been destroyed in the looting and riots that have sprung up in the wake of George Floyd's death.
Balla has broken down in news interviews describing the devastation and how he poured his life savings into opening the business.
"I don't know what we're going to do," he said Thursday in an interview with CBS. "It hurts, man. It's not fair, it's not right. We've been working so hard for this place. It's not just for me, it's for my family."
His wife, Twyana Balla, shared pictures and footage of the damage on social media.
On Thursday, Balla started an online fundraising campaign to help him rebuild Scores Sports Bar. By early Tuesday morning, nearly 34,000 people had donated more than $1,029,000, surpassing the campaign's $100,000 goal.
The GoFundMe page can be found here.
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