ANNAPOLIS, Maryland (WJZ) – This event is a perfect example of how the Annapolis community stays together despite the challenges.
Organizers say 100 percent of proceeds from today’s event will go to families who live on Oakwood Rd. In Edgewater. They say they chose this area precisely because it’s the second time they’ve been hit by a tornado in a year.
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A community gathered for an evening on the town.
“We are a tight-knit community, Annapolitans, we care about the people,” said Anthony Henry, general manager of downtown Annapolis.
On Sunday, a benefit concert was held in downtown Annapolis, featuring food trucks, local vendors, and live music from the Reagan, Danah Denice, and DJ Manjo years.
It’s all part of an effort to help those affected by the destructive tornadoes of Hurricane Ida that ravaged parts of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County last month, damaging businesses and homes.
“For a community and a neighborhood that have just been touched, it is very close to us and to our hearts. We thought it was right to provide an event to help them and help them support them in this difficult time, ”said Henry.
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“The debris is gone, but the homes are still dismayed,” said Juanita Cage Lewis, a parolee community resident.
Lewis lives on parole where an E-F2 tornado hit, she says she is grateful her home narrowly missed the storm’s path.
“We are a street away from where he struck and destroyed everything. There was a lady, Mrs. Pearl, they took over her house, ”Lewis said.
As the road to recovery continues for many, these are the times that community members believe are most important.
“I hope this will continue,” Lewis said.
Tonight’s tornado relief concert runs until 8 p.m. and tickets start at $ 25.
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There will also be fireworks here from 7 p.m.