Hurricane Preparations Force Charity Events Out of Venues - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/11/08

Hurricane Preparations Force Charity Events Out of Venues

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While the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center and City Bank Coliseum are set up for anyone displaced by the hurricane, events scheduled at those venues this week got displaced themselves.

Both the Red Cross Champions Breakfast and the Make A Wish Foundation Fajita Fest were supposed to take place at those city venues this week. Even though Lubbock still isn't expecting any evacuees, one organization had to find a new venue and the other had to cancel its fundraising event all together. "We just never would have believed that weather would cause an indoor event to be cancelled," said Make-A-Wish Foundation Board Member Bill Sutter.

But with more than 1,000 cots set up at Lubbock's Civic Center and Coliseum to host hurricane evacuees, charity events scheduled there got the boot.

The Red Cross moved their Champion's Breakfast to the AeroCare hangar, but it took some extra work. "The Civic Center sets up their own stuff, and so we would have just walked in and put on table cloths, and we came out here and my goodness, we need tables and chairs and piping drape," said Megan Graham. 

With the help of the city providing those tables and chairs, a stage, and some manual labor, the event still took place, and the Red Cross is happy to help with relief efforts in any way they can. "Our entire job is to take care of those in need, so having to move our event to fulfill our mission was really just another one of those ‘thank goodness we're prepared' moments,"  said Graham.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation was not as fortunate with their Fajita Fest. "The plan was originally if that did happen we would move to the Civic Center, but the Civic Center may be used as well, so we're just at the point now we're gonna have to cancel our event," organizer Bill Sutter said.

Sutter was disappointed with the accommodations made. "I was just kind of like we're cancelled. You know, there wasn't any option of trying to get us to another spot, which I was hoping to happen," he said.

Even though the cots remain empty, Make-A-Wish must figure out new ways to raise money to make children's dreams come true. Make-A-Wish will be behind on their fundraising efforts due to the event cancellation. They said if anyone wants to donate you can call the Make-A-Wish Foundation office at (806) 785-9474.

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