Landslide benefit nets $10K for victim relief

The Still Bill band performs during a fundraiser Saturday. Mojo Filter and Johnny Bulldog also performed.  - Nathan Whalen photo
The Still Bill band performs during a fundraiser Saturday. Mojo Filter and Johnny Bulldog also performed.
— image credit: Nathan Whalen photo

Whidbey Island residents and business owners came together Saturday to help victims of the March 27 landslide that damaged homes in Ledgewood.

Hundreds of well-wishers ventured to Greenbank Farm to listen to live music and raise money for the victims of last month’s natural disaster.

Those charitable music lovers chipped in to donate more than $10,000 to the people whose homes have been damaged by the landslide.

“I think it’s extraordinary,” said Mark Laska, owner of Ciao restaurant in Coupeville. “It was a beautiful time.”

Laska said it took six days, with Easter in the middle, to organize. Three bands performed in the main barn at the Greenbank Farm — Mojo Filter, The Still Bill Band and Johnny Bulldog. They provided plenty of music for the lively crowd to dance to during the five-hour event. Sho’ Nuff Barbecue and Useless Bay Barbecue prepared food and wine was available for the crowd to enjoy.

Buck, a quarter horse raised by Central Whidbey Cattleman, a Four-H Clubs on Whidbey Island, was in the field next to the parking to participate in the fundraiser. He was on hand to provide a unique version of bingo. Children also enjoyed a chance to feed the mild-mannered equine.

Amid the dancing and good cheer was an opportunity for folks to hear an update on last month’s landslide.

Jan Wright, president of the Ledgewood Beach Homeowners Association, highlighted the conditions of the area noting there also isn’t any mail service or garbage service. She mentioned the county recently installed a primitive access road for homes on Driftwood Way that lost access because of the landslide.

“It’s amazing to see people come out and want to help,” Wright said during the fundraiser.

With the fundraiser complete, funds will be doled out by a committe including members of the homeowner association, who will determine how the money is dispersed on a needs-based basis.

He noted that the geologic event is still not over and property owners still may need help.

The Whidbey Slide Relief Fund has been set up. Donations may be made at any Wells Fargo bank location.


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