Day-Long Benefit Concert Helps Victims of West Va. Chemical Spill

March 23, 2014

Back in January of this year, hundreds of thousands of people lost their access to clean water after chemicals were spilled into the Elk River in Charleston, West Virginia. Since then families have been trying to recover.

“I think people in situations like this tend to see it when it's a hot item for a couple weeks,” says Chris Kyle, director of community outreach for Catalyst Productions. “If they're not fixed then people kind of lose sight of them and that particular spill has caused a lot of damage that's still there today.”

All day Sunday Catalyst Productions, a local nonprofit, held a benefit concert to help raise money for relief efforts.

“We're just trying to raise money to ship bottled water out to West Virginia to people who are suffering through the water crisis from a recent chemical spill on the Elk River,” says Richard Jones, marketing director for Catalyst Productions.

The concert was held from 1-10:30PM at The Paramount Theater along the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville and featured eight local bands who jammed throughout the day, including headline performances from Larry Keel, The ATM Unit (Dane Alderson Trio), Alligator, Mountain Animation, and more.

With a $40 ticket you could hear a few of the bands as well as taste wine and beer. There was also a silent auction with prizes like artwork and drum lessons.

Overall the goal was to help the people suffering from the January 9th chemical spill in West Virginia.

“They're talking about possibly 80 years of damage into this watershed for a very substantial river; the elk is a very important part of that watershed out there,” says Kyle. “Most of the help that people are getting out there is from groups like this who continue to provide support and ship clean water and supplies out to them.”

Catalyst Productions hopes to keep this tragedy in the public eye, so that there will continue to be support for the victims.

If you want to help catalyst productions raise money for relief efforts you can click on the link under the picture.

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