Tornado relief concert raises $21K for Raleigh victims

Posted June 6, 2011

— A concert held in Raleigh on Friday night helped raise $21,329 for victims of the April 16 tornado.

Twelve bands performed during the five-hour benefit concert, Rise Up Raleigh, at the downtown Raleigh Amphitheater. Donations were accepted in person, online and via text message. Text message donations are being accepted through Thursday. To donate, text the word "need" to 50555.

Money raised is being split among four organizations providing tornado relief – Centro International de Raleigh, Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, Salvation Army of Wake County and Helping Hands Mission. 


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  • dwntwnboy Jun 7, 2011

    Part of the problem they had was poor advertising of the event. They made a splash on the news when it was announced, but then almost nothing until the day before the event- that and it was first friday downtown, so all the galleries and bars were pretty full all over, so there were other distractions for people to attend.

  • puggybelle Jun 6, 2011

    I'm surprised the figures are so low. We had a tornado relief concert in Sanford recently and it raised over $40,000. In a community the size of Raleigh, you would think they would have raised much more than we did.

  • Gerbil Herder Jun 6, 2011

    Good show; I think my $20 went for a good cause. Too bad they did not use beer sales...I mean I spent twice as much on that compared to what I donated.

  • gingerlynn Jun 6, 2011

    I thought they were trying to raise 100k??

  • gagal Jun 6, 2011

    There are some that will not see a dime. I know of one area that are looking out for there own. Because the city and county isn't. Thank God for some other there that care for them.

  • Raditude Jun 6, 2011

    Every little bit helps! I know everyone who was effected by the tornado will be grateful.

  • dwntwnboy Jun 6, 2011

    "I wonder how much it cost the city to sponsor this???"- would guess not too much since most involved volunteered their services for the cause. Either way, it was a good thing to do, a lovely evening for a concert and just another reason to get out of the house and DO something!

  • treeofliphe Jun 6, 2011

    I wonder how much it cost the city to sponsor this???

  • dwntwnboy Jun 6, 2011

    "Where's the Red Cross in the donation line???"- Red Cross isn't "local". This was to raise money for truely local charities. Not saying the Red Cross doesn't do a good job- jsut that this concert was for something more specific. Was hoping they could raise more, but like they say- every little bit helps!

  • 2alegal Jun 6, 2011

    Where's the Red Cross in the donation line??? I know they provided tornado relief........Just sayin