Waynesville High School was rocking and rolling Thursday night with blue grass, country, pop, and everything in between to help bring relief to those affected by the flood.
The concert, called Rockin' 4 Relief, raised more than $7,000 for flood victims.
The money made from ticket sales was donated to Pulaski County COAD (Community Organizations Active in Disaster). COAD is serving as the central hub for volunteers helping flood victims. Shawn Collins, COAD President said the money will be used to purchase materials to fix flood-damaged homes.
An auction was held in between the three acts at the concert to earn money for the family who lost the most in the August flood —the Lee family — who lost 4-year old Elyjah Lee and his mother, 23-year-old Jessica Lee.
Local band Kricket Alley hosted the event, with the help of more than two dozen sponsors (see break-out box).
“I really feel like we brought the community together with this event,” Kristina Webster, Kricket Alley's lead singer, said.
Performers of the night included Jenna Bilyeu and the Back Roads Band, Kricket Alley, and Vino Alan.
Webster said she felt the event was a success.
“Initially I set a goal and I didn't reach it, but I'm not going to be upset about it because we earned $7,000 that wasn't there before,” Webster said.
Kricket Alley performed “Lean on Me” with the Waynesville High School Choir. Webster said that was the highlight of her night.
Webster said after the concert, a mother of a choir student told her thanks for including her daughter in the event.
“Her daughter had an older sibling who had lost everything in the flood and it meant so much to her daughter [to sing at the concert],” she said. “To be able to bring those kids in and do that with us will be one of my favorite moments ever.”