Tuesday, May 3, 2011

West Texas Wildfire Relief Benefit

Hotel San Jose, Jo’s Coffee, Decoder Ring and Frank announce the West Texas Wildfire Relief Benefit to be held on May 6th in the Hotel San Jose/Jo’s parking lot from 6 to 10 pm.

The West Texas Wildfire Relief Benefit will feature live music performances by Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin, Erika Wennerstrom of Heartless Bastards, Amy Cook & David Garza, and Moonlight Towers. Food and beverage sponsors include Shiner, Lone Star, PBR, Pearl, Frank, The Woodland and Lambert’s Downtown Barbecue with more TBA. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Jeff Davis County Relief Fund, Marfa Public Radio, and the Marfa and Fort Davis Volunteer Fire Departments. The event is located at 1316 S. Congress Ave. Austin, TX 78704.

In addition to the music and food there will be a silent auction featuring amazing gifts form local Austin Businesses, Artists and Musicians and live on site T-shirt printing by Industry. So come ready to pick up some great stuff and help out a lot of folks who really need it.

The wildfires in Far West Texas, which have been burning since April 9 and are currently only 66% contained, have consumed over 275,000 acres, destroyed dozens of homes, killed livestock and wildlife, and jeopardized the livelihoods of countless ranchers and residents. Extremely dry conditions coupled with high winds continue to fuel the fires, which gained new momentum as recently as April 27, when the damaged area grew by 44,000 acres in a single day.

The Jeff Davis County Relief Fund has been established to help those affected by the Rock House Fire started in Marfa, TX. For more info on the Jeff Davis County Relief Fund, see jeffdaviscountyrelief.org.

Marfa Public Radio serves a critical role in the spread of emergency information in the Far West Texas Region and has acted as an invaluable resource during the wildfires to announce evacuations, coordinate local relief efforts and keep the community informed. For more information about Marfa Public Radio or to listen to live streaming coverage of the fires, visit marfapublicradio.org.

The Marfa and Fort Davis Volunteer Fire Departments consist of local area volunteers who were first responders to the wildfires and who have been working tirelessly in cooperation with the Texas Forest Service to get the fires contained even as they threaten their own homes and communities. For more information on these local heroes, please see marfavfd.org and fortdavisvfd.org, respectively.

List of silent auction donors

Will Johnson
Decoder Ring
Mellow Johnny's
Dean Frederick
Waterloo Records
DJ Stout/Pentagram
Adam Voorhes
Matt Rainwaters
Bryan Schutmaat
Barley Swine
La Condessa
Folk Wellness Co
Alamo Drafthouse
Sound Screen Design
Dave Meade Photography
Domy Books
James Stevens/Moonlight Towers
Erika Wennerstrom/Heartless Bastards
White Stripes/Raconteurs/Third Man Records
P Terry's
Matt Genitempo
Dirk Fowler

Commemorative art for the event:
Mishka Westell www.mishkawestell.com

Noel Waggener www.subculturepress.com

Justin David Cox www.gotopublicschool.com

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