Posted: Sep 13, 2005 4:52 am
OK - so doing the benefit yesterday was a great choice. Everyone here in
the NYC area was glad to have the opportunity to do something positive in remembrance of the events of 9/11 and to assist those who have been impacted by Katrina at the same time. The way everyone pulled together made me feel pretty damn proud of our community of rock and rollers! I want to thank each and every person who came down to the benefit last night. I think I did try last night. I must have given hugs and kisses to a hundred people! Hmmm. What was in those pecan squares Miriam made? ;-) Anyway, here are some people who I'd like to call out thanks to specifically.
BIG THANKS to Lee and Will at Magnetic Field. They not only gave us a place to hold the benefit, but also donated 10% of the bar's proceeds from the day to the three charities for whom we were raising funds. (The Humane Society, The New Orleans Musicians Clinic and the fund set up through Trinity Church for rock and rollers aka the Goner Fund.) Altogether, we raised nearly $4,000! ($1,872 for "Goner," $1,310 for New Orleans Musicians Clinic and $561 for the poor pets of NoLA and the surrounding areas)
EXTRA SPECIAL THANKS to Theresa Kereakes (www.punkturns30.com) who helped me with organizing and Julia Rogers (formerly of the Demands, currently training for the NY marathon where she will raise money for cancer victims and putting together her own band!) who donated her time to help run the event. Both also helped out with the other mini-benefit we did on Labor day, where we raised $215 for the "Goner Fund." Since we've all worked as professional fundraisers for non-profits (I still do!), we made a great team! I couldn't have done it without you gals!!! Also, a special thanks to Eric at Goner Records for being encouraging when I decided I wanted to do something along these lines and for helping gather names of rock and rollers who need our help. Oh, and for being patient when I started to cry on the phone. As well, a special thanks to Paddy Bullocks for setting up the fund at Trinity Church through his dad. If we had raised this kind of cash and sent it directly to Eric to distribute, he would have been really screwed with his taxes.
We didn't just raise some dough, everyone had a really great time at the
benefit! The A-Bones, Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey Birds, The Insomniacs and The Spittoons all played really amazing sets -- even better than their usual awesome-ness! Ten DJ's also donated their time and wowed us with some really fab sets! Thanks to Mr. Vacation, Tom Dash, Paddy Bullocks, Thing With Two Heads, Dave The Spazz, Kari Krome, Gaylord Fields, Todd-O-Phonic Todd, Tim Warren, 'Alabama' Mike Sansone, and Josh Styles. Todd-O-Phonic Todd also donated his time as MC for part of the event.
We raffled off and gave away some really cool stuff, too. Unbelievable
riches... Raffle items and door prizes with a total value of over $3,000 (we had some really fantastic stuff!) were donated by: Norton Records, Telstar Records, Crypt Records, Get Hip Records, In The Red Records, Sympathy for the Record Industry, Dr. Ann Covalt, Brooklyn Tattoo, Magnetic Field, Uncle Mitro's Recording Studio, Dennis Hogue Amp Repair, me, Blair B., my sister Lise and Theresa K. We also held a bake sale at the club and Miriam Linna and her friend Elizabeth both donated delicious New Orleans inspired goodies. Bazooka Joe's Mix CD brought in some cash, too! THanks!!
Lots of people signed our book with well wishes for the folks who are
stranded in Memphis and Austin. The book will be at Goner Records in a
couple of weeks. Thanks also to Lee's pal who photographed the bands
(looking forward to seeing those pics!) and to Fuzzco for taking lots of
great photos (albeit perhaps too many of my boobs.) You can see his pics here:
bazooka joe also posted some pics here:
I am really happy (albeit more than a little hungover - thanks also to
Theresa for driving me and my car home and helping get Julia home safe, too!) knowing that our musical community has pulled together with such singular purpose to assist those in need. Thanks again to everyone. YOU ROCK!!!
With much love,