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Backstreet Boys Plan Columbine Gift

December 4, 1999

DENVER (AP) _ The Backstreet Boys planned to donate $75,000 from their Denver concert to the Columbine College Fund, but the nonprofit organization is about to fold for lack of funds.

``We’re currently trying to get in contact with the correct organization to make sure that the money donated on behalf of the Backstreet Boys gets to the kids,″ Mark Norman, vice president of show promoter House of Blues, said Wednesday.

The group donated the money after learning that 1,200 tickets to their Oct. 31 Denver concert sold for at least $110 apiece.

Patrice Pagano, who established the San Francisco-based fund in May to provide college scholarships to students in the Columbine High School massacre, said only about $800 has been donated.

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