Forest Arms Relief

The event that Scotter has mentioned in a few posts below, the fire at the Forest Arms apartment building will be the focus of a relief concert at Atwater Block Brewery. The owners of People’s Records will be involved, as well as a few other local artists (OK, I forgot the flyer at work and now I can’t remember who…). Each artist is donating 100% of their time, so all proceeds will go to benefit the residents of the building.

Are you cynical like me? OK, then. Stand up for the little guy? Me too. That said, I can’t vouch for the definition of “residents” that will benefit from this concert. A few of the relief funds that I’ve seen started have been to benefit those residents who were university students. About 40 or so Wayne and CCS students were residents of this building, but that leaves about 60 or so folks (many who were senior citizens) who aren’t receiving as much attention or funding. Being a Wayne student myself, I don’t speak small of their loss, I just want the wealth spread evenly. I’m crossing my fingers that this event will end up helping all involved so that their rebuilding process can begin.

Either way, the concert sounds like it’s going to be a good time – and the suggested door charge is only $5, which is a lot less than it could be, and it’s for a good cause – plus Atwater has some seriously good brews and snacks, including a soup made from the two most heavenly things on earth, cheese and beer. It does NOT get much better than that.

The shin-dig starts at 7:00pm, hope to see you there!

And…Formative Edit – the concert is this Friday.

2 Comments so far

  1. Scotter (unregistered) on February 13th, 2008 @ 5:04 pm

    Thanks for posting this, April. I concur completely that we need to be sure that we’re taking care of the non-Wayne State residents.

    I think everyone should make it a point to drop by this event for at least a little while, or just drop off a few bucks at the door if you have other plans.

    Here are links to the bands who are playing. Czech them out.

    Los Minstrels Del Diablo (LMDD)

    A Stowaway (no muzak available. What gives, boys?)

    DJ Milieu

    DJ dirty D (I think this is it).

    Cirque and Dirty D
    (no site)

    People’s Records DJs
    (These guys do soul and funk nights around town.)

  2. littleb (unregistered) on February 15th, 2008 @ 8:50 am

    Dear April,

    Thank you for your concern regarding this benefit. As one of the organizers I would like to inform you personally that any money that is donated to the "residents fund" will go to the residents. (Residents, to us, means everyone who lived in the building-not just students). We have been in contact with the building manager and he has assured us that these donations will be sent out to the victims of this fire with their security deposits next week. One of the main reasons we are doing this event is to help the non-students who seem to be forgotten by so many. Only 30ish residents were students. We want to help the other 70+ who don’t have their school and families to fall back on.

    I hope this helps to answer any questions or concerns you may have had regarding this.

    I hope that you are able to make it out tonight. If you can, please come introduce yourself. I wont be that hard to find.


    Lailee B.

    PS – the $5 donation is just a suggestion. please give whatever you can afford. we will not turn anyone away due to a lack of funds.

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