Bootsy Collins and wife hold tornado benefit concert at Newport on the Levee
Bill Price, email@example.com , Jeremy Glover
9:59 PM, Apr 15, 2012
10:34 PM, Apr 15, 2012
NEWPORT, Ky. - One of Cincinnati's pop and funk music legends hit the stage in Newport Sunday night to raise money for families in Moscow, New Richmond and other Ohio towns devastated by last month's furious line of deadly tornadoes.
The Bootsy Collins Foundation teamed up with Matthew 25 Ministries and Newport on the Levee to raise money for tornado victims.
Collins walked onto a stage outside Newport on the Levee to welcome the first band for what would be a night of music, entertainment and a chance for the storm victims to get their minds off of what happened to them on March 2.
Many of the restaurants and businesses at the Levee also pledged 5 percent of their earnings all day for the relief effort.
"Moscow was the only one that didn't receive government... yeah, the FEMA aid. They passed on it. What was that all about? We wanted to step up and do something for them because they lost everything," said Collins.
Collins' wife, Patty, grew up in New Richmond and still has lots of family members living in the area.
"I came home(after seeing all the tornado damage) and said, 'Bootsy we have got to do something to raise money for Moscow and the other tornado victims as well. So Matthew 25 stepped up to partner with us. Kroger. Newport on the Levee. Thank you. All of our staff. Our team. Everyone has been wonderful,'" said Patty Collins.
If you didn't get a chance to donate Sunday night, donations for tornado relief are being taken on the Bootsy Collins Foundation website.