Palms hosts Hurricane Sandy benefit
By Christian Avard
Staff Writer | November 26,2012
Photo by Chelsea Wright
The Palms Restaraunt of Rutland sponsored and hosted a Hurricane Relief Effort event in Rutland Sunday evening. Dank and the Funksticks open for Rick Redington.
Rutland is reaching out to communities hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. A local restaurant and a nonprofit organization hosted a special benefit Sunday evening to support those affected by the storm.
The Palms Restaurant was rocking as DanK and The Funksticks and Rick Redington and The Luv took the stage to support Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. Restoring Rutland, an organization that supported Tropical Storm Irene recovery efforts in the Rutland area, spearheaded the event.
Amanda Vargas of Restoring Rutland said the concert was about giving back to communities that helped Vermont get back on its feet after Tropical Storm Irene. Like Irene, Sandy caused significant damage. Recovery efforts in the hard-hit areas of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut will require billions of dollars.
After Sandy hit, Restoring Rutland began to plan the fundraiser and The Palms Restaurant offered to host it.
“It was really the day after Hurricane Sandy when we saw what happened. We’ve been through that and now it was our turn to step up and do something,” said Jerri Sabataso, co-owner of The Palms Restaurant. “Everyone from surrounding states reached out to us when we needed help. This is our way to give back to those who helped us.”
Money raised at the event will be donated to the Tunnels to Towers Foundation, a program that honors 343 New York City firefighters who lost their lives on Sept. 11 and to assist wounded soldiers and New York City firefighters and police officers. Tunnels for Towers refocused some of its efforts toward Hurricane Sandy victims, especially on Staten Island.
“We did a lot of research to find a group where we knew the money was going directly to the people who need it,” Vargas said. “Tunnels to Towers built specially adapted homes for soldiers, firefighters and policemen after Sept. 11 and now they’re helping people rebuild on Staten Island.”
To learn more about Restoring Rutland’s fundraising efforts for Hurricane Sandy victims, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Vargas said they will accept donations until the end of the year.