A Rocklin concert to benefit survivors of the Las Vegas massacre raised approximately $345,000, approximately 17 times the amount expected by event planners.
An anonymous businessman surprised attendees by bidding $6,000 on a guitar signed by Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan, donating $4,000, then announcing he would give $5,000 for each of the 58 people killed during the Route 91 Harvest Festival on Oct. 1 – a total of $300,000.
Roseville resident Lisa Fine started Route91Strong after a harrowing escape from the front row of Aldean’s concert last month, where 530 people were injured in the deadliest shooting in modern American history. A board of directors will determine how to divide donations between survivors and the deceased’s families on a case-by-case basis.
Fine was joined by more than 30 other survivors and 200 guests at the Route91Strong Benefit Concert on Friday night, which featured Southern rock band Elvis Monroe, “The Voice” contestant Rudy Parris, ex-Fuel guitarist Toryn Green and Granite Bay native Ashley Barron.
Live and silent auctions at Friday night’s concert raised more than $30,000, or double the lower end of what organizer Trisha Pickerel predicted for the entire event in an interview last week.
Ticket sales brought in another $6,300, and Elvis Monroe guitarist Jared Berry, the only member of the band not present at the shooting, donated $5,000 as well.