The Jack Johnson and Friends, a Benefit for the Community, concert has raised $200,000 for the United Way Thomas and Fire Flood Fund, with 100 percent of the donations going to support those in communities affected by the wildfires and flooding.
The inspiring, soldout concert at the Santa Barbara Bowl on March 18 brought together Johnson, ALO, Ben Harper, David Crosby, Kenny Loggins, and other special guests for a night of music celebrating the strength and resilience of the community.
In all, the concert raised more than $500,000, which will be distributed to the primary recipient, the United Way Thomas Fire and Flood Fund, as well as other local nonprofits working on relief and recovery efforts in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.
“These foothills and coastline have always held a special place in my heart. Seeing so many people come together to help their neighbors has only emphasized the strength of this community,” said Johnson.
“I am inspired by the incredible efforts of our first responders and local non-profit relief organizations,” he said. “We’re so proud to have been able to bring people together for a healing night of music, and to give a big thank you to everyone who has stepped up to support recovery.”
The fund has raised more than $4.4 million in community donations; 100 percent of the donations will go directly to affected individuals and families, as well as the organizations serving them. To date, some $3 million has been allocated from the fund and additional distributions are forthcoming.
“This concert really showcased how support for this community has been pouring in from far and wide,” said Steve Ortiz, president/CEO of United Way of Santa Barbara County. “We thank Jack Johnson, ALO, Ben Harper and their amazing fans for all they’ve done to bring us this special night.”
In response to the destructive flooding and loss of life following the Thomas Fire, United Way of Santa Barbara County and United Way of Ventura County have reestablished their support effort as the United Way Thomas Fire and Flood Fund.
Following the beginning of the Thomas Fire, local community partners determined that the United Way organizations, in both counties, are uniquely positioned and qualified to manage the disaster fund, accept contributions, make distributions, promote the fund and provide a report to the community on how the funds were used.
— Angel Pacheco for United Way of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.