- By Julie Chang American-Statesman Staff
Bands from the Austin and Corpus Christi areas will hold a fundraiser in South Austin on Sunday to benefit hurricane-devastated Port Aransas.
Austin resident Debra Watson said she organized the event after noticing that Port Aransas was not getting the same level of attention and help like Houston, Corpus Christi and Rockport, which were also ravaged by Hurricane Harvey.
More than two months after the storm, Port Aransas, a city of about 4,000 and a favorite vacation spot for Central Texans, is still reeling, Watson said.
“Because it’s a small community, it hasn’t received the attention that it needs,” Watson said. Her family owns a home on the beach in Port Aransas that was damaged in the storm.
Almost all businesses in the city, whose economic driver is tourism, were damaged in the storm, according to the local chamber of commerce. Without businesses, several residents have been without jobs as well as their homes.
The chamber has created the New Day Port A Fund to help residents and businesses rebuild the community. Watson hopes that the money collected from Sunday’s fundraiser in Austin will help the fund purchase RVs for displaced residents.
Hill’s Cafe, 4700 S. Congress, will host the event from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Deann Rene, Rosie Flores, Shelley King, Debra Watson & The Smokin’ Aces, Mike Stinson and Rockville Blues are slated to perform. Suggested donations are $10.