'Concert for Louisiana': Benefit aims to raise funds, awareness for flood victims

The scene at a "Concert for Louisiana" fundraiser, held at THE BLOCK off biltmore in downtown Asheville, on Tuesday night. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- A fundraising event was held at THE BLOCK off Biltmore in downtown Asheville Tuesday night.

People showed up because of the devastating numbers out of Louisiana: 40,000 homes damaged, 4,000 people in shelters and 13 dead.

It was a $10 cover, but people donated much more than that. They ended up raising $800.

The organizer of the event, A-B Tech and Warren Wilson College professor Jason DeCristofaro, has no connections to Louisiana but said he was appalled that more people were not lending a helping hand.

The point of the flood relief fundraiser was to not only raise money for the Red Cross but also to raise awareness. DeCristofaro wants others to take notice and do the same.

"This situation is not going to end this week or next month or even in a year," DeCristofaro said. "You're going to see long-term effects of what's happening. So, hopefully, people will feel inspired to continue to do work for this cause."

A Red Cross representative was at the event, and 100 percent of proceeds are going to the Red Cross to help flood victims.

If you didn't attend, you can learn more by visiting the event Facebook page. Organizers also encourage you to donate to the Red Cross.

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