November 14, 2016
The Tribe, a collective of touring and session musicians and singers who perform concerts for various causes throughout Los Angeles, California, held a benefit concert on October 23, 2016 to raise money for children and families in Haiti who were impacted by the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew earlier in the month.
Pure Water for the World (PWW) was selected as the beneficiary of the funds raised during the concert. Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels, of Temple Beth Shir Shalom in Santa Monica, recommended PWW to event producer and The Tribe member, Lauri Reimer.
“We wanted to know that the funds we raised would be making a significant difference to the people in need of assistance following Hurricane Matthew,” shares Ms. Reimer. “We searched for a nonprofit organization that would give all or most of the funds raised to the hurricane survivors in Haiti. Pure Water for the World has an office right in Port au Prince, Haiti, which was an additional incentive.”
The event, held at the E Spot Lounge in Studio City, California, [inside Vitello’s Italian restaurant] was an all-star show featuring Freebo (Bonnie Raitt, CSN), Marc Mann (Danny Elfman, Jeff Lynne), Rob Bonfiglio (Wilson Phillips), Ginger Blake & Marilyn Wilson-Rutherford (The Honeys), Jeff Alan Ross (Peter Asher, Badfinger), John Wicks (The Records), Dave Pearlman (Dan Fogelberg, Bobby Womack), Al Keith (Dave Wakeling, Sugar Ray) plus Lauri Reimer (event producer), Kevin Wachs (The Tribe’s executive producer), John Pratt, Jay Cohen, Michael Stern, Lois Blaisch, poet Stephen Kalinich, Gary Stockdale, Adam Daniel, Scotty Mitchell, John McNeely, Steve Goddard, Dan Rosen, and Pete Wagonhurst.
The Tribe’s benefit concert raised $3,658. With these funds, the PWW Haiti team will work in partnership with St. Boniface Hospital, located in the southern region of Haiti where Hurricane Matthew caused the greatest damage. The donations will help to provide access to clean water for families affected by the hurricane and support them in meeting basic standards for disease control, targeted specifically at protecting them against the spread of deadly cholera. Relief efforts will include the dissemination of clean water buckets, water purification tablets, soap, and other essential sanitation materials.
The PWW Haiti team will also provide WASH (WAter, Sanitation and Hygiene) training programs to those impacted by the hurricane, which will further support the longer-term prevention of cholera and other waterborne illnesses.
“We are truly honored to have been selected by The Tribe for their benefit concert,” states Carolyn Crowley Meub, Executive Director of Pure Water for the World. “These generous funds will provide much needed emergency assistance to families impacted by the hurricane.”
To support PWW’s efforts to help Haitian children and families, you can make a donation. Donate here. Please indicate donation is for hurricane relief in the comment section.
About The Tribe: The Tribe is a collective of professional studio and touring musicians and singers who donate time to perform concerts for various causes. Since its inception in the Spring of 2015, they have performed three full-scale benefit shows – a Beach Boys tribute at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, a Rock n Roll Christmas show at California State University-Northridge’s Plaza del Sol Performance Hall and The California Saga – a Musical Journey of the California Sound, for two nights at the El Rey Theatre.
Combined, The Tribe has raised funds exceeding $60,000. Proceeds from these shows have gone to a number of charities that help people and the environment. “Through the power of music we make a difference.”
Learn more about The Tribe at www.thetribeband.com.