Austin event benefits Wimberley flood victims

Saturday, people in Austin showed their support for flood victims in Wimberley.

Several musicians donated their time to play at the #Austin4Wimberley benefit in South Austin.

"We're just here to you know let Wimberley rest a little bit so that Austin can do a little bit to give back," said Chelsea Harris, CEO of Untitled Star, the company hosting the benefit.  

When Harris heard about all the people in her hometown that were affected by the Wimberley flood, she knew she had to help.

"Actually, I woke up that morning, Sunday, and I had a million texts from my friends asking if my parents were okay because my house is still there and my heart just dropped and I wanted to be able to do something," said Harris.

That's why Harris' company worked with others to put together the #Austin4Wimberley Flood Relief Benefit.

"The coolest part about it was I wanted the whole event to be about Austin and Wimberley banding together. Not just Austin and what Austin's about, because it's not about Austin right now. So we have local artists straight out of Wimberley inside/outside that are playing their heart out all day donating all their time," said Harris.

17 artists are playing during the benefit including Emily Robison Strayer of the Dixie Chicks. All of the proceeds will go to those who lost their homes in the flood.

"Anything that I can do and anything that anybody else can do to help out is greatly needed and greatly appreciated and so far we are just oh my god grateful," said Event Producer Skylar Campbell.

Campbell, who used to live in Wimberley, said she can't believe the pictures she has seen of the flood damage.

"I'm a little afraid to see what it looks like tomorrow," said Campbell.  
    
Memorial Day weekend the Blanco River climbed above 40 feet damaging hundreds of homes in the small town.

"Honestly, I was speechless when I saw all the flood damage and the people that were missing," said Campbell.  

For the last four weeks thousands of volunteers from all over the nation have worked to clean up debris and search for the missing. Two children have still not been found.

"We were devastated. Our little village will never be the same," said Mary Owens who lives in Wimberley and designed a tee-shirt to raise money for victims.  

Event coordinators and local sponsors hope the benefit will give flood victims the chance to rebuild and a couple of hours where people can forget about the damage and focus on the music.

"I think this is awesome! We wouldn't have missed this for the world," Owens said.



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