The Owensboro Convention Center announced the “Owensboro Cares” hurricane relief event on September 29, 2017, is now FREE admission.
Monetary donations will be accepted at the event. All net proceeds will go to benefit the Red Cross Disaster Relief.
The event is a partnership between the Owensboro Convention Center, American Red Cross, Kentucky Legend, Bud Lite, Weedman, and Cromwell Radio.
“We had some wonderful sponsors come on board to help cover the costs and we wanted to make it open to everyone so that more money could go to the Red Cross for hurricane relief,” said Blake Henry, General Manager of the Owensboro Convention Center. “We will donate a portion of our food and beverage sales and monetary donations will be accepted onsite. So enjoy a beverage and dance to some awesome music while supporting a great cause.”
The Kentucky Region of the American Red Cross currently has Red Cross personnel on site in Texas assisting with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and in Florida assisting with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. “So many people are hurting right now and they have lost so much. Our hope is that this benefit can help raise money for them to rebuild. It’s just the right thing to do,” said Henry. “Your donation enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to, and help people recover from this disaster.”
Henry says the event will have an atmosphere very similar to Friday After 5 featuring live music from Owensboro’s own Blackford Creek, young rockers Five After Five from Henderson, and dance party band 12 South Band from Nashville, Tennessee. “Everyone will love 12 South Band,” Henry said. “They remind me of Louisville Crashers and some of the other fan favorites from Friday After 5.”
According to their website, 12 South Band is a nationally touring, medley-style party band known for a high-energy show with “multiple singers, tons of dancing, outfit changes, props, specialized lighting, and a wireless front line who interact with the audience.” Five After Five is a group of teenage friends in Henderson who specialize in 90’s-2000’s alternative, rock, and pop-punk. They were featured on the cover of Henderson Family Magazine. Read more here. Blackford Creek is an Owensboro-based southern rock/country band that has been gaining fans across the region.
Doors open at 6 p.m. Music starts at 7 p.m.
Food and drink vendors will be on site.
“The American Red Cross is thankful for the efforts of the Owensboro Convention Center, Kentucky Legend, and Cromwell Radio to help raise much-needed funds to support the unprecedented response and recovery for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma” said Evelyn Miller, Executive Director of the Western Kentucky Chapter of the American Red Cross.
“Kentucky Legend® is devoted to giving back to those in need whether they are in our own backyard or across the nation,” says Ric Herrera, VP of Sales and Marketing at Kentucky Legend, a division of Specialty Foods Group, LLC. “Our hearts go out to those affected by the hurricanes, and we are more than willing to join the cause led by Blake Henry at the Owensboro Convention Center. His idea to join forces and bring the community together to raise funds for the Red Cross simply proves the devotion of our businesses in the area. We are proud to be a part of this event and to continue to work alongside Blake Henry and his phenomenal team.”