As New Orleanians try to cope with the violence that disrupted a Mother's Day second line parade, local nonprofits are raising money to help victims of the shooting.

Clancy DuBos /Eyewitness News

No one really knows why bad things sometimes happen to good people. The shooting of 19 people at a Mother's Day second line parade proves that.

One thing we do know, here in New Orleans, is how to respond when bad things happen. The good people of our community and there are many of them reach out to those in need and offer as much help as they can.

That's what the United Way of Southeast Louisiana, Tipitina's Foundation, and Silence is Violence are doing for the 19 victims of the Mother's Day shooting.

You can help, too.

Tipitina's is hosting a benefit concert this Thursday night, featuring Mardi Gras Indians, brass bands and other local musicians. You can help by attending the concert or by donating to The 19 Fund, which will provide direct aid to the shooting victims. All proceeds from tickets and beverages at the concert will go to the victims. If you can't make it Thursday night doors open at 7 you can donate online at Just click on the logo for The 19 Fund.

Let's all show that good people know how to respond when bad things happen.

In addition to Tipitina's Foundation, the United Way and Silence Is Violence, Gambit's Foundation for Entertainment Development and Education is also a sponsor of Thursday's concert and a co-founder of The 19 Fund.

To make a donation, visit

The concert benefitting The 19 Fund is Thursday, May 23 at Tipitina's, 501 Napoleon Ave. Doors open at 7 p.m. with music at 7:30 p.m. Musical acts include Donald Harrison Jr. & The Congo Square Nation, The Hot 8 Brass Band, Bonerama, Stooges Brass Band, The Revivalists, The N.O. Suspects and more. For ticket information, visit

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