NEW ORLEANS -- Hundreds packed Tipitina's music club in a showing of how many people in the community wanted to help the victims of the Mother's Day second-line shooting.
Brass bands brought those hundreds of people to their feet Thursday as they stepped up to support the victims of a mass shooting at a Mother's Day second line.
“It's a benefit for the victims and that's what we're going to do. We're going to jam for them; we're going do the damn thing. Say that,” said Harry Cook, bass drummer for the Hot 8 Brass Band.
One hundred percent of the proceeds from the concert goes to help the 19 shooting victims; it's all part of the new "19 Fund" -- spearheaded by four local charities. The fund is meant to provide, not only financial assistance, but emotional assistance too.
“The mission statement of the Tips foundation is about preserving our musical culture. But in order to do that we first have to preserve our young people,” said Mary von Kurnatowski, co-founder of Tipitina's Foundation.
“If you can't safely go out on the street here and go to a celebration or a second line, or for Heaven's sake, celebrate Mother's Day, there's something wrong.”
The 19 Fund isn't just for victims of the Mother's Day shooting; it is designed to help future victims of violence in the metro area too.
“It is a dire need. Many victims go unheard, unserviced. There’s not enough victims services organizations to compare to the number of crime victims that happen in this city,” said Tamara Jackson, of Silence is Violence.
With five of the top local bands, the concert was also about helping the community heal by taking a stand against violence and giving back in times of tragedy.
“Violence of any type is a terrible thing, and in a city that embraces fun and embraces joy and life and good times, to tie the two together, at a great benefit like this to help folks. The message is that it's not necessary that we can have fun and all get along,” said Lindsey Vindel, of Metairie.