Entertainment Events Benefit Hurricane Victims

The Doobie Brothers, Little Feat, Loggins & Messina, Taj Mahal, Joe Sartriani, Turtles and Lisa Loeb presented a concert Oct. 2nd with all proceeds benefiting the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

The event was held in Glen Ellen, CA.

On Oct. 6th a Hurricane Relief Benefit will take place at 9:15 p.m. at The Parkway Theater at 1834 Park Boulevard in Oakland, CA. A screening of the movie “The Big Easy” with live music, dance contests, Cajun food, and more will be featured. For information call 415-820-3907.

On Oct. 22nd a Red Cross Benefit will be held at Oakland Ice Center at 519 18th Street also in Oakland from 1:30-5 p.m. The Oakland Ice Center will donate proceeds from each public skating admission earned that day to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. For information call 510-268-9000.

The Department of Labor is making available grants to create temporary help for eligible dislocated workers to help in the recovery and clean-up efforts underway in Louisiana and Mississippi in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

“Of course we are all horrified by the news of the wrath of Katrina,” said Author Shelley Bueche, who is urging all writers to volunteer with The Red Cross to help draft public service announcements, and write grants for needed supplies.

“For the people in the path of Hurricane Katrina the aftereffects of the cataclysmic storm now rule their lives. Even those removed remain stunned by the unthinkable tragedy,” said Writer Craig Guillot of Bankrate.com. “At Bankrate the professional reaction is to provider readers with how the disaster will affect the financial lives of victims – – directly and indirectly. Those questions and concerns aren’t for spreadsheets – – they’re about people, their lives and lifestyles.”

Guillot was displaced from his suburban New Orleans home after the storm and he talked to other survivors about their personal and financial plights.

“It’s hard enough suffering the financial blow of a natural disaster such as Katrina but it can seem even harder just getting on your feet,” said Marica Mackenroth. “I don’t know if I have a job or not and I don’t know if I should try to set up camp here in Baton Rouge or go salvage what I can.”

The first few days of the disaster Mackenroth couldn’t access her bank account from an ATM but the hefty debt is on her shoulders.

“All of my school loan stuff, all my consolidations and insurance documents are back home,” she said.

Vanessa Hammons, 24, a dental assistant from Kenner, LA thought she was just leaving town for a few days when she evacuated the city.

“I only brought three pairs of clothes because I didn’t expect to be gone for so long,” she said. “I applied for unemployment and they want to give me $150 a week.”

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