Though San Antonio weathered the Category 4 Hurricane Harvey with minimal damage, local charities and nonprofits stepped in to provide aid and provisions to those affected. They reached out to citizens in surrounding areas to donate what they could, and the community of San Antonio stepped up to the challenge.
The creative community stepped up as well, and throughout San Antonio, events created to help fundraise and collect donations for Hurricane Harvey victims seemed to pop up overnight, ranging from donation drop-offs to full-scale music concerts benefiting cities hit hardest by the storm. Even though many of these events were posted with very short notice, the community came together in droves to lend their support.
Imagine Books & Relief
Imagine Books and Records, known for their spring break mini-festival, “Imagine Fest,” was one of the first venues to create a fundraiser, dedicating September’s Dali’s Mustache, a monthly event showcasing and sharing local art, to the cause for victims of the hurricane. They asked for donations such as nonperishable foods, clothing, and water, and included links on their event page where people could make monetary donations to the San Antonio Food Bank and local Catholic Charities of San Antonio. The event itself was comprised of poetry, music, and artwork. It was considered a successful fundraiser, with on-site cash donations of $50, as well as two full bins of donated items, which would translate into over 350 meals.
Drive-through Donations at The Tobin Center
The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts and its many employees were also quick on the draw to help those who needed it most. Tobin Cares, an employee-based community outreach volunteer initiative of the Tobin Center, set up an all-day drive through donation station in front of the Tobin itself. The curb-side drop off site was manned by both Tobin employees and volunteers. The proceeds of this 10-hour event produced a total of seven carloads of donated items and $3460 in cash and gift cards. All items were then driven to the San Antonio Food Bank the following day. The number of involved citizens and their donations shows the willingness of the San Antonio community to help and support their neighbors.
Elements of Hip Hop Hearts
Paper Tiger held a musical fundraiser under the heading “Elements of Hip Hop” that included several performers, art and music vendors, as well as a hip-hop dance battle competition with local judges to raise funds and collect items for hurricane victims. One hundred percent of the cover charge was also donated to the Houston Flood Relief Fund on the crowd-sourced YouCaring website. At time of writing, the Houston Flood Relief drive had raised an unbelievable $34 million upon completion.
The event was hosted by Kree23, SpyMC, and B-Down, with performances by Chris Conde, Samurai Sai, and Symmatree. The dance competition was hosted by Voodoo & Omar and offered a grand prize of access to Alamo City Floormasters and Workshops. The event was incredibly successful, totaling over $2500 and dozens of boxes of donated items, which the hosts delivered themselves to surrounding areas of Texas.
El Luchador and More
More recently, September 16 saw a benefit show held at newcomer south-side spot El Luchador, which featured live music performances by the Latin mega-ensemble Volcán and The Indigenauts. Proceeds totaling over $300 from this particular show went to the Greater Houston Community Fund; the bar was also set up to receive diaper donations in addition, which went to the Texas Diaper Fund, which will help the youngest Texans affected keep their you-know-what together.
More Hurricane Harvey fundraising events are yet planned and continuing to happen around San Antonio. It’s a heartwarming reminder that no matter who we are, the community of San Antonio can come together for their fellow Texans in times of crises. Keep your eyes open for more ways that you can help, and keep up the creativity (and the partying) for the cause.