At Bud & Alley’s last night the Hurricane Relief Jam and Silent auction was a great success. Roughly 450 locals, tourists and displaced victims of the storm attended. At last count we raised $31,090.00 for the American Red Cross Katrina Relief. Included in this total $5700.00 was taken in just in the $10.00 a person door fees; that amount is matched by Bud & Alley’s and the rest was from a great silent auction. Many others just handed us checks, some as large as $500.00. Thanks to all who pitched in from the musicians to the donators to the folks who came for a great evening of music and fellowship. In four days we put together the event through email, posters and word of mouth; it was too late to get it in local newspapers. What a great, caring and involved community we have.
Also: We are also going to give $2500.00 out of the total towards two planeloads of supplies to go directly to Ocean Springs Mississippi; Glen Seawell of Seaside has taken one trip to drop off supplies already. The mayor of Ocean Springs made a direct plea for help for formula, diapers etc… Contact Glen, 543-7745. or the Seaside Chapel if you want to sponsor more flights.
Re: Bud & Alley's and Caring Community raise $31,000
I could always count on David for nice gifts for my local Junior League in GA that focuses on helping children in need. He's probably glad that I'm now a sustainer and not bugging him for donations (just kidding - he was always willing to help). Thanks, David!
I met quite a few that had wandered into SoWal with no real idea of what it was about. More than a few have chosen our corner of the planet to re-start and rebuild their lives. Several commented about how the sense of community and caring rivaled NOLA. I have never met more impassioned and resilient folk.
Especially given the uncertainty about NOLA, they are having to make very difficult family, school and biz decisions in real time. Damn, that HAS to be wrenchingly tough. I think their huge hearts and souls will be a welcome addition to SoWal. Welcome NOLA!!
BTW, Gator sez he is about to hire the best chefs in alla NOLA to work at Blue Orleans, they got no where else to be. Blue Orleans only gettin better, and may have to get bigger...