MONTPELIER -- The Vermont Disaster Relief Fund is honored blues and jazz vocalist Samirah Evans of Brattleboro chose the Fund to be a beneficiary of sales from her song, "Strength in Numbers," available for purchase at cdbaby.com.
In 2005, the flooding brought on by Hurricane Katrina destroyed the home of Evans and her husband, Chris Lenois. The couple ended up relocating to Lenois’ hometown of Brattleboro. Six years later, one day before the anniversary of Katrina, they watched Tropical Storm Irene bring similar ruin to many parts of Vermont, including their own community.
While they were spared any personal loss, Evans and Lenois were deeply moved by the tragedy and the outpouring of support from the community for those in need. They wrote "Strength in Numbers" to be performed at a fundraising event in Brattleboro. The song is a soulful and heartfelt account of how tragic and challenging circumstances naturally galvanize the human spirit to give strength and hope to one another.
"I was devastated by the destruction of Vermont," said Evans. "Irene happened to land one day before the sixth anniversary of Katrina. As one can imagine, it took me back to the horror of it all. In Katrina’s aftermath there was so much loss: lives and livelihoods, physical and emotional stability. It was painful to witness and know that people were going through similar circumstances from Irene. We wanted
So far, nearly $1.5 million has been allocated to Vermonters from the VDRF. However, with the possibility of as much as $10 million still needed, and more than 800 families with unmet needs, it is as important as ever for Vermonters to support the recovery.
"Even while we brace ourselves for another hurricane season, there are hundreds of Vermonters still not in their homes," said Betsy Ide, executive director of VDRF. "Samirah’s generosity is a heartening example of the unique ways Vermonters can make a difference."
"Strength in Numbers" is available for download with all proceeds from purchases between now and Aug. 29, 2012 (the anniversary of Katrina) going to the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund.
"It is my hope that this song offers comfort as well as an opportunity for anyone, even those who may not have much, to feel good by offering a small donation that will help Vermonters affected by Irene get back on their feet," said Evans.
Evans will be on the air at WKVT in Brattleboro at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 25.
For more information, visit www.vermontdisasterrecovery.com/events/samirahevans. Contact Betsy Ide at 802-274- 8634 or firstname.lastname@example.org.