Local benefit concert to raise money for gulf relief efforts

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – The crisis in the gulf has people across the country looking for ways to help. Richmonders are no exception.

The seeping oil, marred coastlines and struggling animals... Arielle Goldman couldn't take the news or pictures coming out of the gulf every day. Like many, she instantly wanted to help.

"I'm 25-years-old and I just don't have much money to spend. I really wanted to give some money to the gulf relief efforts and I felt like my $20 was such a tiny drop in the bucket," said Goldman.

So, she and two other good friends decided they needed an outlet in the river city.

"I realized there were a lot of people who were like me. Who want to help and who feel like it's a little discouraging when they don't have much to spend. I thought if we all get together our small individual donations will be part of something great," said Goldman.

They created a movement...Gulf Give RVA. They have a twitter account and a facebook page that are slowly gaining followers. They are organizing a benefit concert at Richmond's Legend Brewing Company.

"With us being a restaurant we can also identify with the economic strain that it [the oil] put on everybody down there," said Allen Valencia, the General Manager of Legend.

He instantly offered up his famous deck, overlooking the James as the place for the concert.

"We're hoping that everybody comes down and really supports the effort. It's something that's really worthwhile," said Valencia.

The group is looking for local bands to perform for free and companies to donate prizes for raffles. You can contact them on Facebook or Twitter if you can help. They'll be suggesting a $10 dollar donation at the door. All the proceeds will go to the Gulf Restoration Network.

"They've been around since the 90's. They were here before gulf disaster. They know what they're doing. Everything I've read about them looks great and I really felt like we needed something that was established and reputable for the money to go to," said Goldman.

The event is three weeks from today, Thursday July 15 from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at Legends Brewing Company.

Twitter: @gulfgiveRVA

Facebook: gulfgiveRVA

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