If anyone knows the importance of New Orleans, it blues fans.
Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest and United Way/Centraide
Ottawa are teaming up to raise money to rebuild homes in the St.
Bernard Parish area of New Orleans that were demolished by Hurricane
Katrina four years ago.
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“Bluesfest has a soulful connection with New
Orleans,” said Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest executive director Mark Monahan.
“Some fantastic music and artists come from that community, and I think
the fans will want to help out.”
St. Bernard Project co-founder Liz McCartney and
other volunteers will have a kiosk near the Subway stage to sell beads,
bracelets and T-shirts with proceeds benefiting the non-profit
In the aftermath of the hurricane, some of United
Way/Centraide Ottawa’s employees travelled to New Orleans to assist
with the rebuilding effort.
After seeing the considerable amount of work still to be done, United Way/Centraide Ottawa approached Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest.
“Communities such as St. Bernard Parish have had to
almost entirely rebuild themselves, and their work is far from
complete,” said United Way/Centraide Ottawa president and CEO Michael