Local Red Cross benefit in the works

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Want to help out, but feel like you may not have the resources? Creative types, here's your chance.

We spoke this morning with local businesswoman Marcea Flowers, who is looking to put together a benefit event for the American Red Cross.

Flowers, who has been volunteering at various evacuee shelters while also hosting a displaced family at her home, has partnered with Perry Sanders of The Mining Exchange, A Wyndham Grand Hotel to try and host the benefit. However, it's still in the very early stages, and she's looking for help in any way possible.

She says she's looking for musicians, bands and any other types of performers to play the event, as well as items which can be auctioned off, food and drink, and anything else the community would be willing to donate. Flowers hopes to have the event about two weeks from now, and already has a few necessities in the bag, such as a location, a ballroom at the Mining Exchange thanks to Sanders.

(The Mining Exchange, by the way, has opened up 60 rooms to evacuee victims, she says.)

For those who would like to donate monetarily, Flowers will soon set up a PayPal account to funnel money directly to the Red Cross.

To contact Flowers, call 344-4191 or e-mail her at motormouthmarcea@hotmail.com.

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