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First Farm Aid now Great Lakes Aid Concerts on Horizon
- Subject: First Farm Aid now Great Lakes Aid Concerts on Horizon
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- Date: Mon, 07 Feb 2005 13:55:29 -0600
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Colleagues - This is really interesting news, particularly combined with
the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative President Bush recently signed and
the Environmental Summit being held in Chicago. See article
Foundation plans concert series to benefit
February 5, 2005, 6:34 PM
ERIE, Pa. (AP) -- Live Aid helped battle an African famine. And Farm Aid
annually helps America's family farmers. Now comes Great Lakes Aid -- a
planned series of concerts in U.S. and Canadian cities to raise money for
environmental projects that will benefit the great lakes.
A steering committee was to announce plans to form the Erie-based Great
Lakes Aid foundation, which will sponsor the annual concert series, at
Saturday's first Erie Environmental Awards dinner.
Organizers would like to see annual concerts hosted on a rotating basis
by five large Great Lakes cities -- Toronto, Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago
and Buffalo, N.Y. The group hopes to raise about $2 million a year to
improve and maintain the lakes.
"We love this idea. It's a way to raise money that can be used
locally to leverage more funds through matching federal and state
grants," said Tom Furman, president of the Lake Erie Region
Conservancy and a board member of Great Lakes United. "It will be a
completely independent, renewable source of funds."
Officials say it's too early to talk about what bands and artists may
participate, although some performers have already expressed an interest
in the project, said Terry Stewart, president of the Rock and Roll Hall
of Fame and Museum in Cleveland. Stewart is also on the Great Lakes Aid
So while nobody can guarantee, say, that Gordon Lightfoot will be along
to sing "Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald," the concert plans are
already drawing attention -- and money.
The George Gund Foundation in Cleveland has given the steering committee
$10,000 in seed money, which the group hopes will help it find donors and
sponsors for the $100,000 likely needed to develop the first concert next
"We see this as an opportunity to take a little risk on a good
idea," said Jon Jensen, a program director for the Gund Foundation.
"The potential is enormous. It could be a terrific boon to the
The steering committee includes representatives from Canadian and U.S.
communities and environmental groups. It plans to incorporate the
"There is a lot of competition for the dollars and the entertainment
to be involved, but I think Tom (Furman) has put a great plan
together," Stewart said. "With the major markets around the
Great Lakes, we think we can succeed and make a pretty special
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