KUMD and UMD Lend a Hand to Flood Victims
When the Twin Ports Bridge Festival announced that they would add a second concert day in order to raise funds for flood relief, KUMD 103.3 FM was there.
"As Duluth's community radio station, KUMD is dedicated to helping those who suffered flood damage,” said Vicki Jacoba, KUMD station manager. “KUMD is excited to be working with the area's mayors, non-profit groups, the Twin Ports Bridge Festival, and the UMD community to help those who have been affected. Together, I know, we can make a difference.”
KUMD, the official radio station for the Twin Ports Bridge Festival, will help with publicity for the concert and they will staff a truck parked at the concert entrance from 11am - 7pm to collect donations for the United Way and the Salvation Army. For each of the first 500 donations of $10 or more, KUMD will give the donor a KUMD Sessions CD.
The community is invited to donate. The United Way and the Salvation Army are currently feeding those displaced or affected by the flood, and they are in dire need of many items. Festival goers are asked to bring non-perishable food items to the concerts. The Salvation Army also requests personal hygiene items and diapers. Money is the greatest need.
Those who are unable to attend the Twin Ports Bridge Festival may drop off non-perishable food and personal hygiene items for the United Way in the KUMD studios (130 Humanities, UMD) through July 6.
A Flood of Community Outreach: Student Perspectives
The mission of the Twin Ports Bridge Festival is to unite the community under a dynamic entertainment experience, and that will hold true for the flood relief effort held on Saturday at the Bayfront Festival Park.
Preston Gunderson, a recent graduate from St. Scholastica, was devastated by the destruction to the Twin Ports area by the flood on June 20. “People were very responsive and in a positive way” Gunderson said. “It’s great to see the Twin Ports community come together for one great cause.”
The Twin Ports Bridge Festival organizers heard about Gunderson’s endeavor and wanted to help out. A community and campus effort resulted in a second day for the festival, donating all proceeds to flood relief. The money raised will go to a United Way fund for long term help, directly aiding the people who need it most.
UMD Student President, Hannah Mumm, will be one of the many volunteers during the two-day event. “It’s wonderful to see such community outreach after a tragic event. I look forward to volunteering for such a great cause.”
The festival will be filled with a variety of activities for people of all ages to enjoy including; yoga, zumba, drum jams, sky lantern tributes, kids activity tent, food, crafts, a flood relief tent, and much more. The kid’s activity tent from Saturday will turn into a flood relief tent for Sunday to house organizations looking for flood relief volunteers. The concluding act on Sunday will be highlighted by the local band Trampled By Turtles. “We are very grateful for all the acts that are volunteering their time and proceeds,” Gunderson said. “Everything just fell into place like it was meant to be.”
Tickets are $35 each day, or $60 for a two-day pass. Doors open at 10am on Saturday and 11:30am on Sunday.
Written by Cheryl Reitan, Kathleen McQuillan-Hofmann, and Kelly Kemper, June 2012