Audition Monday to perform at tornado relief festival

Posted July 11, 2011

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— The organizers of ComeUnityNow, a street party and music festival scheduled for July 30 to benefit tornado victims, will audition performers Monday at Raleigh's Seaboard Station. Bands, solo acts, dancers, entertainers and street performers can show their stuff from 5 to 10 p.m.

The festival will fill the void left by the cancellation of the popular Raleigh Wide Open festival, and the $10 cost of admission will benefit the Wake Interfaith Disaster Team and The Green Chair Project, which are helping tornado victims recover.

"The reality is that much work remains to be done," Mayor Charles Meeker said in a statement released by ComeUnityNow. "As a community, we need to finish the job to aid in long-term tornado disaster recovery efforts for the hundreds of families, individuals and businesses who were deeply affected by the April 16, 2011, tornadoes." Raleigh Rise Up concert_03 Rise Up Raleigh concert

Meeker cited recent reports from the Federal Emergency Management Agency that Wake County has about $200,000 in needed repairs that aren't covered by insurance. More than 2,000 homes in the county were damaged by the storms, and for many, the recovery is ongoing.

Organizers said they also want to use the festival to honor first responders and other volunteers who helped during the crisis.


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  • OzzzMan Jul 11, 2011

    I have NO comment on this, because it won't go to the NC(American's) that deserve it.

  • ProudBlackSingleMother Jul 11, 2011

    I would really like to know where the proceeds from donations are going... I live in a hard hit neighborhood and not once have I been asked by a non-governmental agency if I needed any help or assistance.

    If they are going to solicit donations, they need to also tell people how to get help and what kind of help they are offering.

    Outfits like this give money to the wrong kind of people and breed fraud, waste and abuse.

  • housemanagercary Jul 11, 2011

    way to give people notice WRAL...