Local Hurricane Relief Concert

By: Althea Paul
By: Althea Paul

September 25, 2005

Sunday marked the end of Charlottesville's Shelter From the Storm benefit concert series. It's been going on since Thursday and organizers say they couldn't be happier with the way everything turned out.

"There were certainly 100 musicians or more that played today, between the 2 stages and let's not leave out [the] jugglers and face painters and magicians," said organizer, Ray Caddell.

The event was the brainchild of local musicians , booking agents, and venue owners to raise money for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

"Everybody was touched deeply by the crisis down there and we all wanted to help, and this is what we knew that we could do to help," said organizer, Chris Munson.

Fans, including families, showed up to listen to music and have some fun, especially since it was all for a good cause.

"Always looking to help out so you know, good opportunity to come hear some good music," said concert-goer, Margaret Van Clief.

The crowd however may not have been as big as some hoped for. Other events around town could have been the cause.

"We're competing with Foxfield," said concert-goer, Jay Deinlein. "I kind of predicted it would be kind of light, the weather, but at least some people came out."

But no matter what, organizers say they're thrilled with the turnout.

"Just the energy and the feeling throughout the whole day, particularly from the musicians and the volunteers made it all worthwhile," said Caddell.

"Everybody had a great time, great music," added Munson.

Organizers also say they didn't have to spend even a penny to put on the benefit series, so 100% of the proceeds will go to Katrina victims. They still have to tally up the numbers to find out exactly how much was raised but they're sure it was a good amount.

Relief agencies like the Red Cross and the Salvation Army were already struggling financially to take care of victims from Katrina. Add in devastation caused by Hurricane Rita, and they need a lot of help. To donate now, visit our Hurricane Relief page.

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