Area cares to the tune of $30,000 |

Area cares to the tune of $30,000

Dan BurkhartTaking Care of Our Own Benefit attendees dance in Miners Foundry's Stone Hall Sunday night.
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They couldn’t replace memories or recreate some of the good times at the corner of North Pine and Commercial streets Sunday, but for those who organized, performed, and will soon benefit from the “Taking Care of Our Own” event, it’s a first step toward the healing process.

More than 30 performers and 3,000 spectators at Miners Foundry Cultural Center made sure of that, raising more than $30,000 for workers displaced by the March 20 blaze at the old Elks Lodge building.

“It’s a simple token of our generosity and shows that this town knows how to take care of people,” said organizer Mikail Graham. “The whole purpose was a celebration and a healing process.”

Over 40 acts, including pianists, guitarists, members of the burned-out Off Broadstreet theater’s cast of “Angry Housewives” and members of a local Asian dance troupe participated.

Nearly everything about the event – food, auction items, the venue rent – was donated to help keep the money raised in the pockets of those whose livelihoods remain uncertain.

Graham, a county native who books bands for nearby Cooper’s bar, said many told him Sunday they were ready to move on.

“The veil of depression is gone. The healing is there.”

Approximately 60 individuals who worked at Friar Tuck’s, the Herb Shop, the Herb Shop Cafe, Herb Shop Records and the Off Broadstreet theater will each receive about $400 from Sunday’s performances.

Checks will be disbursed by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce this week.

Julie Toste, who worked at Friar Tuck’s for 12 years and spent several hours at the Foundry Sunday, said she won’t soon forget the community’s generosity.

“After being there, I felt like I could make it through anything because of the support of this community,” said Toste, who wore her Friar Tuck’s apron. She also thanked the chamber and Graham for their support.

Friar Tuck’s owner Greg Cook said Sunday was “fabulous. I am grateful that the community has been so generous, and now it’s time to move on.”

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