Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker issues a call to action and steps up to serve as Honorary Chairman of ComeUnityNow Festival for tornado relief. In a letter sent to civic leaders, Mayor Meeker sums up his decision to chair the benefit, stating, “The reality is that much work remains to be done. As a community, we need to finish the job to aid in long-term tornado disaster recovery efforts for the hundreds of families, individuals and business who were deeply affected by the April 16, 2011 tornadoes.”
According to Meeker, “One organization raising funds for Raleigh tornado relief is ComeUnityNow, which is headed up by two community non-profit volunteers, Jim Bailey and Mary Jane Clark. If they call on you for your support, I hope you will be generous. According to recent FEMA reports, Wake County’s uninsured construction needs are approximately $200,000.”
ComeUnityNow is a gathering of non-profits, individuals, corporations and communities of faith coming together to celebrate the uniqueness of Wake County, identifying how we can encourage growth and promote a spirit of unity by serving each other when a disaster strikes.
On July 30th at City Plaza on Fayetteville Street, ComeUnityNow will be hosting a music and arts festival to raise money, recognize those individuals and groups who have been instrumental in providing assistance to recent tornado victims, as well as making donations to two local organizations (Wake Interfaith Disaster Team and The Green Chair Project) which will provide direct assistance in moving those impacted from short-term relief to long-term recovery.
ComeUnityNow Festival replaces Raleigh Wide Open. The festival is divided into two events, a music festival and an arts festival. The Music Festival is a ticketed event; admission price is $10 per person. The Arts Festival is free and open to the public along Raleigh’s Fayetteville Street and City Plaza. ComeUnityNow Music Festival tickets go on sale July 15 online through a link on the festival’s website at http://www.comeunitynow.com .
In addition to financial support, ComeUnityNow is seeking event underwriters and in-kind service providers for: online ticketing, talent recruitment, children’s activities, art auction, beverage (non-alcoholic drinks only), Fayetteville Street building lobbies for performance venues, printing services, festival banners, parking, signage, and emcees.
Talent auditions for bands, solo acts, dancers, entertainers, and street performers will be held Monday, July 11 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Seaboard Station near Logan’s Trading Company in Raleigh. Deep South Productions, the local experts American Idol and America’s Got Talent call upon, is managing the staging of and assisting with talent recruitment for ComeUnityNow Music Festival. Audition information is available online at http://www.comeunitynow.com.