Fire relief fundraisers raise $8,000

Justin Crann
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The Moose Jaw community came out strong for the victims of the Jubilee Block blaze.

Chris Hall (left), one of the victims of the Jubilee Block fire, listens while Stadacona Soul performs at a fundraiser at W.J. Jones and Son Funeral Home for those who lost their homes and businesses in the blaze.

Three separate fundraisers — a benefit concert, online auction and steak night — organized over the past three weeks have raised almost $8,000 for the tenants of the building and the organizations that assisted them following the fire.

Dayna Smith-Short, who works with W.J. Jones and Son Funeral Home, hosted a benefit concert just days after the blaze, and launched an auction through Facebook.

The two raised a combined total of $5,300 for the relief organizations that provided aid to the tenants of the Jubilee Block, with $4,575 raised for the Canadian Red Cross and $725 raised for the Salvation Army, Smith-Short said.

"It was amazing to see the support come through from businesses and individuals," she said.

That sentiment was echoed by Morgan Gabel, who along with Marissa McCartney organized a steak night to benefit the tenants of the Jubilee Block.

"As soon as I said we were going to do the steak night, we had this influx of people saying they wanted to come, help out, donate and so forth," said Gabel. "It's really great to see the community was behind us 100 per cent."

In total, $2,400 was raised during the steak night, between ticket sales, 50/50, silent auctions and the raffle basket, she said. That money will be split evenly amongst the tenants.

"I know it's only a little bit of money, but every little bit helps," said Gabel. "I'm glad I did it, and I'm glad Moose Jaw was supporting me."

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Organizations: Canadian Red Cross, Salvation Army

Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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