July 17--TUPELO -- The Band Together benefit concert raised $48,462.38 for Tupelo's tornado relief efforts.
Money was raised at the concert, which took place June 5 at Fairpark, through donations and T-shirt and poster sales. The proceeds have been deposited in the tornado relief account at CREATE.
"We had a wonderful evening that night," said Debbie Brangenberg, executive director of Tupelo'sDowntown Main Street Association. "It was very successful."
Paul Thorn, Aaron Hall, Chris Chew, Jimbo Mathus, Cary Hudson and The Red Thangs performed at the show, and all of them donated their performances. That allowed the Band Together concert to happen with very little expense, Brangenberg said.
"On behalf of the city, thank you for helping us when we needed it the most," Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton told the Band Together organizers at a press conference Thursday morning at City Hall.
The benefit show was the brainchild of several citizens who help organize events like the Tupelo Elvis Festival, Down on Main and the Mustache Bash.
"The city opened their arms and gave what they could," said Meredith Martin, who helped organize Band Together.
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