NAPLES (FLV) – Rock & Roll Hall of Fame group Lynyrd Skynyrd will headline a Hurricane Ian Benefit Concert at Hertz Arena in Estero on Thursday, Dec. 1. Purchase tickets here.
“We couldn’t sit by and not try to help people in a time of need. Hopefully, we can raise a bunch of money for the victims of the storm, get some musician friends to come down and join us, and bring some smiles to the faces of those people that have lost so much. We can’t wait to see everyone on December 1 at the Hertz Arena!” Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Johnny Van Zant said.
The event is produced by Live Nation and Ira Dean for Boots on the Sand, Inc., which is a Florida Not for Profit Corporation dedicated to the recovery of Southwest Florida in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian. The hurricane was one of the top five most devastating storms in U.S. history.
Boots on the Sand, Inc. is raising funds to address the specific needs of individuals impacted across the state by Hurricane Ian. Proceeds from the concert will be directed to disaster relief efforts through Volunteer Florida and the Community Foundations of Southwest Florida.
My better half, Jennifer Parisi, and her whole family are from Naples, Florida, so Florida is my second home. I think we all have seen the news footage of cars turned upside down, but this doesn’t capture the full picture down here. Spending a ton of time in SWFL, I know that it is largely made up of blue collar, hardworking folks. I didn’t realize the devastation that Ian left in its path until I got down here to check on the house. I spent the week with Jennifer, in Naples and saw people sleeping in their front yards, and witnessed people in tears that lost loved ones. I knew right then- I had to do something. So, with a lotta help from Jennifer, we partnered up with Hertz Arena (the Hoffmann family), Live Nation, and iHeart Radio, and began calling all my musician friends to throw a Hurricane Relief concert, where 100% of the money raised goes to the victims of this devastating disaster.Ira Dean
The night will also feature performances by Ira Dean, Brian Kelley (of Florida Georgia Line), Tracy Lawrence and Ted Nugent. The evening will be hosted by comedian Jim Breuer. Additional artists will be announced in the upcoming weeks.
Tickets go on sale Nov. 7 at 10 a.m. at Ticketmaster.com or the Hertz Arena Box Office. A pre-sale for first responders will take place prior through their agency.
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