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Decatur music festival raises funds for storm survivors

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The American Red Cross was taking donations to help those affected by April tornadoes. (Source: WAFF) The American Red Cross was taking donations to help those affected by April tornadoes. (Source: WAFF)
DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

A music festival in Decatur on Saturday night raised funds to help out Northern Alabamians who lost so much in the April tornadoes.

Everyone had a blast at the River City Lights Music Festival. There were 8 bands and 5 DJs. People at the event said they couldn't think of a better way to raise funds to help out their neighbors.

"We are having a phenomenal musical event," said Beth McGuire, a Red Cross worker.

All proceeds from the event are for a good cause.

"For disaster relief for the American red cross," said McGuire.

The event was free, but the American Red Cross was taking donations to help those affected by April tornadoes.

"This is a first time event, so you never know what's going to happen, but so far we have had over 500 people come in and out today," said McGuire.

Chris Kemp helped organize the event, and said he got an overwhelming response from the community and different bands when he started setting it up.

"I made a Facebook post and there were 40 acts that hit me up immediately, and they were like let's go ahead and let's do this," said Kemp.

People drove hours to donate their time and their talent at the festival.

"The whole Northern Alabama community came together, and Atlanta and Nashville," said Kemp.

Kemps said he would rather give, than receive, and is happy to help his neighbors.

"It makes me feel really good," said Kemp. "The thing is, every time I see someone walk in and give a donation, I think of the families that are actually getting aid from the red cross, because they are survivors. They are not victims."

David Breland attended Saturday's event and couldn't think of a more entertaining way to raise money for a good cause.

"Oh this is a win-win there is no question about that," said Breland.

There was no other place he'd rather be.

"Great bands here and great weather, and also raising money to help neighbors. To me this is just the ultimate," said Breland.

Event organizers said close to 900 people attended the event which raised nearly $1,600 for Nothern Alabama's Red Cross.

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