Event fundraising

Austin businesses hold charity event to help tornado victims

Local businesses came together on Saturday to help victims of the tornadoes that ripped through central Texas on Monday.

Organizers hope to raise $10,000 at the charity event.

They expect 300 people to pass.

The event, hosted by Blue Norther Hard Seltzer, included live music, food and drink.

Blake Knight, sales manager at Blue Norther Hard Seltzer, said the tornado ripped through his childhood home.

“I was born and raised in Round Rock. I graduated from Round Rock High School. It went through my old neighborhood, and the childhood home I had there is no more. Luckily my whole family is fine. It seems like everyone up there is starting to recover, so we’re just doing what we can to ease that building effort a little bit,” he said.

“We’re a really big community brand, and anything we can do to give back to our neighborhood and our local family, we want to do what we can. We’re a Texas brand, we’re a Texas company, we’re owned and are operated by Texans, so whatever we can do to help Texans in need, we want to be there and do what we can.”

Proceeds will go to Austin Disaster Relief Network.

“My aunt lives up there, it was a few blocks from her house, so I feel like when something happens near my house, you just want to get together and separate to help out with something. I can’t beat eating and drinking to help a good cause,” said participant Ashley Shaffer.

“Being able to support it instead of just hearing it from the sidelines is a nice feeling,” said attendee Morgan Bean.

People are happy that everyone is out of the tornado.

“It’s unfortunate, you hate to hear it, but unfortunately things like this happen, luckily everyone is fine, so that’s the only thing that really matters. You can always rebuild, but you don’t. can’t replace a life,” Knight said.

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