Fire Relief Concert raises $725,000!
The sold out crowd of 16,368 enjoyed performances by Christopher Cross, Terri Hendrix, Eric Johnson, Joe Satriani, Asleep at the Wheel, Texas Tornados, Randy Rogers Band, Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson, Dixie Chicks and George Strait. In between acts, emcees Kyle Chandler and Turk Pipkin encouraged the audience to donate $10 to Austin Community Foundation’s Central Texas Wildfire Fund by texting FIRE to 84465, a number set up for contributions that is still accepting donations.
The concert raised $725,000 in net proceeds to help victims of the devastating late-summer central Texas wildfires. Bill Powers, president of The University of Texas at Austin, presented the check to the Austin Community Foundation on behalf of the university and the many people who contributed their time, talent, money and resources to help the fire victims.
"Part of being a great university is being a good neighbor, helping to solve problems and supporting the community in which you live," said Powers. "I'm delighted that UT could help make this benefit a reality, and I'm gratified by the enormous response from the people of Central Texas. Every catastrophe eventually leaves the headlines, but we should all continue to think of ways to help those who are rebuilding their lives in Bastrop County."
All of the net proceeds will go to central Texas community organizations and charities via the Central Texas Wildfire Fund at the Austin Community Foundation. The goal is to help fire victims with long-term issues and problems, such as regaining their livelihoods.
A special thanks to everyone who contributed to making this concert such a huge success.
Major In-Kind Donors
Big House Sound, Southwest Airlines, Soundcheck Austin, Global Event Group, Midnight Lighting, Ilios Lighting, On-Stage Systems, Fender
Additional In-Kind Donors
W Hotel Group, Peavey, MobileJets, French Paper, Radisson Hotels, Republic Print, Telescript West, Ginny’s Printing, Guitar Center
KASE-FM, KGSR-FM and KLBJ-FM in conjunction with ARS Rescue Rooter and Palm Harbor, KBPA-FM, , KKMJ-FM, , KTTX-FM, KUT-FM, KVET-AM/FM, KEYE-TV, KTBC-TV, KVUE-TV, KXAN-TV, Time Warner Cable
Austin American-Statesman in conjunction with Austin Telco Federal Credit Union, Century News, Austin Chronicle, Country Line Magazine, San Antonio Current, Kyle-Buda Eagle, Lockhart Post-Register, Oak Hill Gazette, San Antonio Express-News, Texas Student Media, Waco Tribune-Herald, Wimberley View
Austin On Stage, Culture Map Austin, Do512, Mr. Johnny’s Kid Events, Soundcheck Magazine, Study Breaks
Frank Erwin Center, The University of Texas at Austin, The Messina Group, Bismeaux Productions, TEXAS MONTHLY, marc english design, GSD&M, McGarrah Jessee, C3 Presents, Joe Priesnitz Artist Management, Andrew Shapter Filmworks, Electric Company Presents, Margaret Shaw, Erin Franklin, Christopher Rankin