The doors opened to two of the three Sheridan Holiday Inn Convention Center rooms at 8 o'clock Saturday night, and by 8:01, $900 was already raised for the Concert for Haiti. By 8:20, the partition to the third convention room was opened, allowing streams of people to keep coming in to raise money and enjoy fabulous music for a critical cause. The music ranged from classic rock, jazz, bluegrass, and blues, to a great set by Gary Small and the Coyote Brothers highlighting the music of Santana.
Between 400 and 500 people either listened to the music or burned up the dance floor. Kathy Stellenwerf's reason for attending echoed many we interviewed.
Nicole Day, wife of one of the event organizers, musician Sean Day, couldn't believe how the community of other musicians and residents rose to the occasion.
Nicole says they chose to have the money go to Doctors Without Borders, because while of course the medical needs in the country are astronomical, the organization has a high percent rate on the money that will go directly to the people of Haiti.
Update! Shawn Day mailed off a cashiers check Monday in the amount of $4,167 to Doctors Without Borders, and will send off a second for any subsequent amount that comes in this week for people who couldn't attend the concert. You can send a donation in care of Shawn and Nicole Day, 6 Airway Drive, Sheridan WY 82801. Make your check payable to Shawn, with "Doctors Without Borders" on the memo line.