By Alison Stewart | Reporter
Streetsboro -- About 200 people attended a local benefit and donation drive for Hurricane Sandy victims at Stringz & Wingz in Streetsboro Nov. 11.
"The benefit was a huge success," said Carmen Laudato, one of the organizers. "Our goal was $3,000 and we ended up receiving $4,100. Approximately 200 people showed up for the event.
The event has its origins when resident Tracy Terranova heard about a woman on the news who lost her two sons in a flood. When the woman asked for help, people turned her away.
Terranova wanted to get donations to help the victims. "I sent out a Facebook invite and people began to respond," said Terranova. "I decided to try to get people together in an effort to raise money and donations for the people up there," she said.
Donations such as bleach, gloves, cleaning supplies and more are being accepted to help victims clean up after the devastation according to Terranova.
Chef Bill Thompson, owner of Stringz & Wingz, said the benefit could be hosted there.
Some groups and businesses involved in the event included Parents for Public Schools Streetsboro, STRONG, Allen Alloys, Guitar Shack, L'Oreal, Rejuvenate Salon and Spa, Special Moments Catering and more. According to Laudato, these groups made significant donations.
"Everything donated is going straight into the hands of the victims," said Laudato. "We hear stories daily from our contacts in NYC about methane explosions, the death, the sewage overflows and flooding. The role of volunteers and community organizers to supplement these efforts is going to be life changing or life saving to thousands."
The benefit included a pasta dinner with the local band, Sobeit and DJ Steve, according to Laudato. There was a card center for children to make cards for other children who were affected by the hurricane.
There were also auctions and games for the children.
Volunteers have rented a semi trailer they will drive to New York on Nov. 17 full of the donations from the benefit according to Laudato. Stringz & Wingz, 1543 Route 303, will be accepting drop off donations until Friday Nov. 16.