SAN LUIS OBISPO – On Friday, February 23, Campus Dining raised $500 for hurricane and wildfire victims during San Luis Obispo Responds, a benefit concert.

Hosted at the Performing Arts Center, the concert raised more than $36,000 for victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the Thomas Fire in Santa Barbara. Campus Dining, which oversees concessions at the Performing Arts Center, donated their sales from the evening.

“Watching natural disasters play out is always so heart wrenching, and seeing it happen so close to home makes is all the more painful,“ said University Catering Manager Cynthia Stocker. “So, when the idea was floated for the concert we jumped at the chance to do what we love to do to support our neighbors and fellow Americans.”

Organized by Cal Poly Music professor Craig Russell and PAC Outreach Services, the benefit concert sold 1,150 tickets for a show that brought together local musicians Inga Swearingen with Guy Budd, Louie Ortega with the Canzona Women’s Ensemble, Central Coast Children’s Choir, Vocal Arts Ensemble, and vocalist Kathryn Summersett. San Luis Obispo Mayor Heidi Harmon emceed the event.