A benefit concert in Ashland put on by the Rogue Suspects band raised $14,000. Nearly 15-hundred people showed up and made donations to the Red Cross.
In Portland, a benefit concert at the Aladdin Theater got off to a good start halfway through; ticket sales and concessions alone had raised $27-thousand dollars. Then, the Ray Hickey Foundation offered to match every dollar raised, and something amazing happened. Somebody stood up and wrote a check for $23,000.
Theater manager Tom Sessa says it took everyone's breath away.
“It was just a powerful moment. The energy was palpable within everyone.”
The gift sparked even more donations from the 650 people at the event. In the end, the benefit raised more than $150,000. Proceeds went to Mercy Corps.
This is Ryan Knutson reporting