FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jackson Browne Headlines Show For Hurricane Relief in Cuba, Haiti and the U.S. Gulf Coast
November 29 at the Santa Monica Civic
LOS ANGELES, CA, November 1, 2008–Jackson Browne, a long time supporter of Operation USA, announced today that Bonnie Rait, Joan Baez, Ry Cooder, Ben Harper and the Relentless 7 will be joining him for the one-night only Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert on Saturday, November 29 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, Ca. The concert is in response to the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, which hit Cuba, Haiti and the U.S. Gulf Coast twice within three weeks in late August and early September, 2008. All three areas are in dire need of material and financial aid to help restore safety and provide appropriate healthcare. Recent storms including Hurricane Paloma, which was especially ravaging in Cuba, have made the situation even more dire.
Operation USA mounted a major relief effort in Cuba, Haiti and Texas immediately following the destructive hurricanes. First response initiatives included a shipment of electric lights and generators to Texas communities to restore power; a grant to Haiti to purchase desperately needed relief supplies, especially for water purification; plans for two million water purification tablets to be flown to Havana, Cuba; and, a scheduled sea shipment of medical supplies for Cuban hospitals. Operation USA has worked in Cuba under U.S. license for over 15 years, with a focus on children in medical need.
Proceeds from the November 29th concert will go help Operation USA to fund additional relief efforts tailored to meet local needs of families and health facilities in Cuba, Haiti and Texas.