Vickrey will perform at Katrina benefit Sunday

Vickrey will perform at Katrina benefit Sunday Vermillion singer/songwriter Mary Green Vickrey will perform at a Katrina Relief Musical Benefit for the Sioux Empire Red Cross at the Riverwalk Caf� in Sioux Falls on Sunday, Sept.18 at 4 p.m. Riverwalk Cafe is located at 196 E. 6th Street.

The event will run from 2:30 to 11 p.m. with entertainment on three stages. Admission is a $10 donation. There will also be door prizes and a silent auction. All proceeds will go to the Sioux Empire Red Cross to assist with disaster relief.

Music will include classical, jazz, blues, folk and bluegrass. A wide variety of local bands, acoustic musicians, and a comedy improv troupe will perform. A jazz jam at 10 p.m. will close the evening.

Local acts enlisted so far include: Signs of Life, the Bill Gibson Quartet, The Lilacs, Blue Twilight Jazz, Urban Blues Development, The Reveres, the Dakota Jazz Collective, Quarter Round, and Brand Name improv.

Solo artists include: Jean-Pierre, Boyd Bristow, Damian Marchand, Steve Martini, Mary Green Vickrey, Steve Clint, and Gordy Pratt.

The American Red Cross is quickly responding to the unprecedented scale of destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina. The Red Cross is providing emergency financial assistance, based on family size, for those who lived in the ZIP codes hardest hit the hurricane.

Due to the enormity of this disaster, the Red Cross is providing financial assistance in a variety of forms, so survivors can receive aid as quickly as possible. These include client assistance cards, vouchers, checks, and cash. Financial assistance is based on the cost of necessities such as food, toiletries, and other essentials and is consistent with standard amounts Red Cross uses for every disaster. Red Cross services for victims include reuniting families, mental health support, first aid and emergency medications, clean-up supplies, temporary housing, and caseworkers who provide referrals for additional services and help develop recovery plans.

As of Sept. 10, the Red Cross had already distributed more than $100 million in financial assistance to meet critical needs such as food and water, shelter, clothing, and medical assistance until victims can access state and federal aid. Red Cross anticipates helping between 750,000 and one million families through this program. More than 40,000 Red Cross disaster volunteers and staff � some of whom lost their own homes � are devoting themselves to this around-the-clock effort. The Red Cross has provided more than 6.7 million hot meals,1.6 million overnight stays in shelters, as well as emotional support and health care for victims, in the safety of more than 700 Red Cross shelters across 17 states and the District of Columbia.

All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people.

For more information about the Sioux Falls Katrina Relief Benefit call 339-4824.

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