The Oneonta Club of South Pasadena raised almost $2,000 for one of its longtime members whose family was one of two displaced by an Aug. 21 fire on Charter Oak Street that destroyed two homes.
The club held a benefit concert on Sept. 5 for Brendan Durrett, his wife Denise and their children, whose home and daycare facility went up in flames. Their next-door neighbors, the Ebners, also were displaced.
“Matthew Crow, last year’s club president, sent around an email to our board informing us all about what happened and how devastating it had been for the Durretts,” said Oneonta Club board member Dean Serwin, who organized the concert.
“They lost everything except for themselves, their dogs and Brendan’s motorcycles. Club president Hubert Ho sent around the GoFundMe link, then board member Odom Stamps suggested that the club put together a benefit concert.”
Serwin reached out to Brad Colerick, a former club member who puts on weekly shows at The Blue Guitar at Arroyo Golf Course, to see if the club could commandeer one of the upcoming nights. Colerick suggested the night of the 5th, when the Dave Tull Trio was performing. Tull was happy to have the club do the benefit at his show, and the evening included a special opening performance by local alternative-country band Little Silver Hearts.
Oneonta Club board member Brian Bright’s wife Jenny created a flyer for the event, which raised the almost $2,000 in ticket sales and additional donations. Colerick set up the ticket site to take donations as well. Donations are also being collected via GoFundMe to help the family.
“Brendan and Denise came with their kids and had a great time,” said Serwin. “We celebrated their good health and tenacity along with friends, club members and others who showed up to The Blue Guitar. I’m just grateful for the opportunity to give them a bit of a night off to celebrate the lives that go on after such a tragedy and to contribute in a small way to the rebuilding.”
GoFundMe pages have been set up to support both the Durrett and Ebner families.
Those sites are: