Hurricane relief fundraiser in works Slated Sunday over in Falls

While the horrific images of the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina has left many people feeling helpless, the Citizens for Backus/AB is giving people from Borderland communities a chance to make a difference.
The group plans to hold a benefit concert Sunday from 3-4 p.m. at the Backus Auditorium in International Falls featuring local talent—including singers, musicians, and comics—to lend a hand to the relief efforts.
“It just seems so overwhelming,” Backus vice-president Donna Frederickson said of the destruction in the Gulf Coast states. “We thought we’d do our part.”
Performers will include Fort Frances’ own Brittany Hayes, who won the “Casting Call” competition at the recent Falls bass tournament as well as the title of Second Princess in the Fun in the Sun queen pageant here earlier this summer.
Other acts donating their time include Jeff Adams, who will do a comedy reading, Joe Belanger, who will play piano, the Mission Covenant Church choir, and the International Falls High School choir.
There is no cost to attend the concert, although people are asked to make a donation for hurricane relief.
Cash funds will be split between the Salvation Army and the Red Cross. Frederickson said people who prefer to give to one organization over another can put the money in an marked envelope or write a cheque.
Tax receipts also will be available, and Canadian cash is welcome.