Prior to the Jan. 26 performance of the Alan Parsons Live Project at the Chumash Casino Resort, Parsons pledged to donate $12,000 to Thomas fire and 1/9 Debris Flow recovery efforts, and the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians announced it will match that amount with its own donation.
Parsons’ donation will go to the One805 Kick Ash Bash, a “gratitude event” set for Feb. 25 to honor first responders while raising much needed funds for survivor relief and counseling services and emergency equipment, a Chumash spokesman said.
“It is difficult to contemplate how a happy occasion such as a rock concert can take place locally without due consideration to the terrible tragedies that have recently taken place in our area,” Parsons said. “We are proudly donating all proceeds to the One805 Kick Ash Bash.
“This is an effort that allows those who serve on the front lines to determine the best use of raised funds."
Parsons, who is scheduled to perform again at the Kick Ash Bash, added, “The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Foundation has agreed to match our donation to One805 to benefit the United Way Thomas Fire and Flood Fund, so it will be a double whammy for our community.”
The tribe’s $12,000 gift will go to the United Way Thomas Fire and Flood Fund that was established by the Santa Barbara chapter of the organization to help serve the long-term needs of families and individuals affected by the devastating December wildfire and the deadly flows of mud, boulders and debris that followed Jan. 9.
“Our hearts go out to all of those in Montecito who were affected by this tragedy,” Tribal Chairman Kenneth Kahn said. “When Mr. Parsons discussed the possibility for us to make a matching donation, we thought this would be an opportunity to impact two different nonprofits that share the same goal — providing assistance for those in need.”
For more information about the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Foundation’s giving programs, visit www.santaynezchumash.org.