Musical community benefit at Stewart Park for those affected by downtown crash

July 13, 2014 by Mark H. Anbinder

The Ithaca community is coming together on Tuesday evening for a benefit event at Stewart Park to help those affected by the tragic crash at Simeon's on June 20th. The July 15th event will feature music from Tru Bleu, Dave Hawthorn, and the Jeff Love Band. Originally scheduled for July 8th, this event was postponed to July 15th due to last week's stormy forecast. The 6pm benefit has also been moved to Stewart Park's large pavilion, which means it can take place rain or shine.

Organizers include City of Ithaca alderperson Deborah Mohlenhoff and Downtown Ithaca coordinator Vicki Taylor Brous. They say the event is to help Simeon's on the Commons, Titus Gallery, and Cornell Barbershop staff members, and building apartment residents displaced by the accident. The music, food, silent auction, and other activities will be situated around the small pavilion at Stewart Park at the southern tip of Cayuga Lake.

"I became a patron of Simeon's during my IC undergraduate days back in the late '70s," says Kip Opperman, one of the three members of Tru Bleu, who perform covers and originals in in the acoustic blues, rock, and Americana sphere. "I immediately signed up to have Tru Bleu donate a set of live music to the benefit," he says. "It's the least we can do to help out all of the displaced Simeon's employees."

The Jeff Love Band.The Jeff Love Band.Dave Hawthorn is an acoustic rock and country performer, and the Jeff Love Band is an eleven-piece soul and funk band. Mike Brindisi and the New York Rock were originally slated to perform last week, but had to cancel.

Food will be available at the event for a donation to the benefit fund. A silent auction and raffle are planned, along with face painting and a bounce house for kids. The event will also serve as a drop-off for personal items to help those affected by the disaster.


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