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Bay-area business, community leaders launch 'Band Together Bay Area' to support North Bay firestorm recovery & rebuilding

Wed, Oct 25th 2017 05:20 pm
Benefit concert at AT&T Park to feature Metallica, Dave Matthews, G-Eazy
In response to the North Bay firestorm - the most destructive and deadliest firestorm disaster in California history - a coalition of Bay-area business and community leaders are launching Band Together Bay Area to support the local relief and long-term recovery in the region.
To support the relief efforts, Band Together Bay Area has raised an initial $6.5 million from partners and founding sponsors, including Kaiser Permanente, Marc and Lynne Benioff, Salesforce, Google, Jeff and Erica Lawson, Twilio, the San Francisco Giants, Levi Strauss Foundation, Benchmark, Ron Conway, Live Nation and Another Planet Entertainment.
The fires have burned an estimated 200,000 acres and 6,000 homes in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and Lake counties, displacing thousands of residents. Damage estimates are in the billions of dollars and rising, and the cleanup and recovery efforts will be the largest and costliest in California history.
The funds raised by Band Together Bay Area will go into an emergency relief fund established by Tipping Point Community and will be directed to the North Bay community foundations, service providers and government partners supporting the low-income communities hit hardest by the fires. The fund aims to address urgent needs, such as temporary housing, food, education and health care services, as well as rebuilding efforts. Beneficiaries to date include: Community Foundation Sonoma County, Napa Valley Community Foundation, the Redwood Credit Union Community Fund Inc. as part of the North Bay Fire Relief Fund established by the Press Democrat and Sen. Mike McGuire, and Catholic Charities of Santa Rosa, among others.
Band Together Bay-Area Benefit Concert
The coalition also announced a benefit concert on Thursday, Nov. 9, at AT&T Park featuring Metallica, Dave Matthews, G-Eazy and others artists.
Metallica recorded a video to help promote the concert.
The concert will be underwritten by sponsors, with 100 percent of ticket sales going to the Tipping Point Emergency Relief Fund. Live Nation and Another Planet Entertainment are joining forces to help produce and manage the event.
The best seats in the house will be donated to first responders, volunteers and families impacted by the firestorm.
Tickets for the Band Together Bay Area concert will go on public sale at 10 a.m. local time Friday, Oct. 27, at bandtogetherbayarea.org and Ticketmaster.com. Tickets range from $49.50 to $199.50 plus applicable charges. Ticketmaster will donate all processing fees to the relief effort.
For more information, visit bandtogetherbayarea.org.

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