Bridge Fest Organizers Hope to Raise $100,000 For Flood Relief

By KBJR News 1

July 8, 2012 Updated Jul 8, 2012 at 11:03 PM CDT

DULUTH, MN (Northland's NewsCenter)---Organizors at the Twin Ports Bridge Fest hope to raise 100-thousand dollars this weekend to help flood relief efforts.

The first $10,000 raised will be put toward the Music Resource Center, an after school music education and performance center.

Bridge Fest organizers will send the remaining proceeds to the United Way.

The money will then be given to those in need, following the floods.

Mayors from across the Northland spoke between numerous bands about flood relief efforts Sunday.

Community leaders and festival organizers say they are beyond pleased with the generosity and support.

"We had folks coming in opening their wallets," Lisa Neitzel, an organizer said. "In fact, one person came in and wrote a $2,000 check and put that in the donation box. People are opening their hearts and their wallets. They are just really, really coming out and helping with this huge effort."

"We need to give our attention today, and from this point forward, as we think about this flood, to those in need," Duluth Mayor Don Ness said. "They need your help, they need our help."

United Way and Bridge Fest organizers hope to raise $1 million for flood relief by the end of the month.

Trampled By Turtles is headlining the second day of Bridge Fest 2012.

Crowds cheered on the band for three encores.

If you would still like to donate, visit the United Way of Greater Duluth's website.

Jennifer Walch
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