PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - In an effort to raise support for the ongoing Gulf oil spill clean-up and restoration, Navigator Credit Union created the Coast Aid Benefit. The Benefit concert was held last Thursday night at the Soul Kitchen in Mobile, AL, and featured country favorite, Colt Ford, Mobile natives Grayson Capps and the Stumpknockers, and Pascagoula natives The Fillmore Project.
The environmental agency, Audubon Society, was presented with a donation of $5,000. The event had over 600 attendants, and was emceed by Young & Free Mississippi spokesperson Sarah Dale Simpkins.
As the state's first Young & Free Spokesperson, Simpkins has been blogging and tweeting her way into the hearts of 18 to 25-year-olds by giving them a voice, a head start and useful information.
The Coast Aid Benefit was created to give young adults the opportunity to show their support for the oil spill clean-up effort, while engaging in two of their favorite activities - enjoying live music and Facebooking!
Over the past month, nearly 1,200 individuals voted for their favorite oil spill relief organization at Navigator's Facebook page. It was a very close race up until the very end, and The Audubon Society won the contest by only 2 votes!
The other participating agencies included Duck Unlimited, Institute for Marine Mammals, and United Way. Since the race was so close, Navigator has made an additional $500 donation to Ducks Unlimited.
In addition, Bay Area Food Bank held a silent auction during the concert that raised enough to feed 200 families for an entire week!
"The response to Coast Aid has been amazing," commented chief communications officer for Navigator Credit Union.