A benefit concert was held to help those living in the Vista de Oro neighborhood in Los Osos where 25 homes suffered major damage from flooding and a mudslide during torrential rains in January.
On Sunday, February 26 the community came together with a huge show of support for the victims. Concert co-organizers Gary Freiberg and Paul Irving rallied the community in a big way the concert that raised over $45,000. The event saw more than 800 attendees throughout the day, each of whom contributed to the success of the event. Since every aspect of the fundraiser was donated, every penny goes directly to the families in need. Local nonprofit People Helping People (PHP) stepped up to accept donations on a tax-deductible basis and distribute it as needed. PHP President Richard Margetson also ran the silent auction, which saw generous bids on every item.
The concert featured top local talent – all who donated their time – including B & the Hive, Strange Cake, Carbon City Lights, Zongo All-Stars, and MiniNova – featuring Kenny Lee Lewis from the Steve Miller Band and Scott Martin of WAR. Audio services were donated by Rich Rolson, Tony Esperidion, and David Chock. The South Bay Community Center donated the space and janitorial needs. Los Osos Rotary set up the BBQ and fed the masses. Caliwala Bakery on 3rd Street in Baywood generously fed all the bands and crew. Many local businesses also jumped in to donate food and drink, and volunteers served the eats all day long.
“The fundraising concert was not only a financial success, but also a sign of a strong community working together to support each other,” Irving said.
Donations may still be made through People Helping People, PO Box 6221, Los Osos, CA 93412, and all donation info is available at supportlososos.com.