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Thousands Raised at Local Benefit for Hurricane Sandy Victims

Hundreds of Valley community members came together this week to help out those on the East Coast affected by Hurricane Sandy.

More than $7,000 was raised at a local benefit for Hurricane Sandy victims this week, as locals came together to donate their time and money for those in need.

The event was held Monday night at Stadium House in Rancho Mirage, with all proceeds going to the American Red Cross for relief efforts on the East Coast, according to concert chairwoman Stephanie Greene.

In all, approximately $6,000 was raised in donations at the door, and another $1,200 was raised in raffle ticket sales, Greene told Palm Desert Patch on Tuesday.

“The committee is considering it a huge successs… the Red Cross is thrilled,” she said.

Over the course of the evening, it's estimated that 400-500 people stopped by the event, Greene said.

What's more, "543 pounds of food plus other necessary items were collected and donated to the FIND Food Bank to replace stores sent ahead to the East Coast over the last few weeks," Greene said.

Some highlights of the night were a fashion show featuring local shops and models from PS Models and live entertainment from Penny University, The Arrangements, Nicky Vallee, Shaken Not Stirred and the Two Twelve Band.

The concert was emceed by Patti Gribow, Patrick Evans and Jim Fitz.

If you went to the event and bought raffle tickets, the restaurant posted the winning ticket numbers here.

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