GREENVILLE, N.C. — The “Concert for Hurricane Florence Relief” scheduled on Tuesday, November 13th, 2018, will benefit five hard-working charities in eastern North Carolina. These charities have been identified as The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, The New Bern Relief Fund, RISE, Onslow Community Outreach, and RAFI (Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA). 100% of net proceeds from the concert will be donated to these local organizations that have worked tirelessly in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. The East Carolina University Foundation will manage the disbursement of funds.

The Avett Brothers will headline “Concert for Hurricane Florence Relief” at Minges Coliseum. Future Islands and Valient Thorr, both illustrious bands with connections to eastern North Carolina, will perform in the benefit show, too. As a great show of respect for the area and their commitment to relief, all three bands are donating their time and talent to the event.

The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina has six branch locations covering thirty-four counties in North Carolina. Locally, branches in Greenville and New Bern have been in the forefront of Hurricane Florence relief efforts. According to George Young, Eastern Regional Director, the Food Bank has distributed nearly 3 million meals and has packed 10,000 disaster relief boxes for families in need. They continue to respond to immediate needs. Young says, “Financial donations are needed to support the Food Bank’s warehouse operations, trucks, drivers, fuel, and other costs related to distributing millions of pounds of food to where people are struggling to meet household expenses in the communities were they live.”

The New Bern Relief Fund, co-created by Buddy Bengel and the Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation, was established in the aftermath and devastation of Florence to help purchase and build houses for people who have lost their homes and cannot afford a place to stay. According to Bengel, 100% of contributions will go directly toward providing housing for members of the New Bern community.

RISE is a non-profit established in Jones County, NC, to Recover, Improve, Support and Empower in the wake of disaster. Jones County faced crippling damage to homes, schools, churches and businesses as a result of Hurricane Florence. Focusing on long-term recovery, RISE will continue to organize and coordinate resources from among public, private, inter-faith and volunteer agencies to help their residents move forward.

Onslow Community Outreach, based in Jacksonville, NC, is a “helping hands” non-profit for low-income and vulnerable populations. A donations center was established in the wake of Florence to receive and distribute essential goods to approximately 2,000 families and individuals, along with providing nutritious meals to families who had lost power. According to Don Herring, Chairman of the organization, its program offers a Soup Kitchen, Homeless Shelter, Caring Community Clinic and Christmas Cheer and will reach 9,000 clients this year. Revenue from the concert will help rebuild their medical and food assistance programs.

RAFI (Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA): Because of The Avett Brothers’ knowledge of farming and their support of family farmers at Farm Aid 2014, the band wanted to ensure that farmers impacted by Hurricane Florence received the aid they needed. Farm Aid recommended their Durham, NC partner, RAFI, which provides information and relief to farms and farm families immediately following natural disasters through the entire recovery period. They work with local, state and federal agencies to make sure assistance goes where it is needed most, building bridges and relationships between farmers and community-based organizations and other agencies. RAFI also works with communities to seek longer-term changes to disaster, risk management and credit programs to improve future outcomes for farmers.

 The Carolina Panthers, title sponsor of the event, provided $25,000 in support of the relief efforts.

The “Concert for Hurricane Florence Relief” is organized by Inner Banks Media, East Carolina University, East Carolina University Foundation, The City of Greenville, and Uptown Greenville.

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