Midtown benefit for Oklahoma tornado relief Saturday

Local musicians, artists and others will gather at the Uptown Arts Bar Saturday, June 8 for a benefit for those affected by the Oklahoma tornados.

Local musicians, artists and others will rally to keep awareness of the Oklahoma tornado devastation alive on Saturday.

Musician Renee Wright says she got the idea for a benefit after hearing from Facebook friends in Oklahoma.

“They felt abandoned,” she says. “I saw the hurt and the sadness.”

Although the media and big charities had focused on the tornados immediately after they occurred, attention faded as time went by.

“I started talking to friends about how I might do a benefit,” Wright says, and more people came forward with ideas to help.

Another musician, Bret Boule, was raising money for pets affected by the tornados and offered to get involved.

The idea grew, and now Wright and Boule are hosting a benefit bigger than they would have imagined at the Uptown Arts Bar tomorrow from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Musicians, performing and visual artists have volunteered  and  artists are donating items for a silent auction featuring jewelry and other items.

Greg Patterson, owner of the Uptown Arts Bar, has donated the use of the club facility, staff, and parking.

The benefit proceeds will be sent to the Red Cross, Oklahoma Relief, and Pet Food Pantry of Oklahoma.  Monetary online and check (no cash) donations are being accepted for both.  Pet food and supplies are also being accepted for distribution.

“A lot of people in the world care and don’t know how to show it,” Wright says.

She hopes the benefit will give them a chance to express their compassion.


  • Saturday, June 8, 2013 from 12:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Uptown Arts Bar, 3611 Broadway

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