It’s been almost a month since so many of us were affected by the firestorms in Napa and Sonoma. We hurt with our fellow community members whose lives were forever changed from this tragedy but look forward to the rebuild of Sonoma and Napa Counties.

Though there has been enormous destruction in the area, out of the ashes has risen overwhelming strength. We are seeing what it means to be a community as many ban together in support of those who have lost so much. As a part of Sonoma State University’s cross campus recovery efforts, we have used #NomaCares to provide a way for anyone impacted by the fires in any way to be able to come together. We welcomed our community to pay as they could and come as they were, finding solace through the power of music.

As a result, we were able to distribute 416 tickets to those impacted by the fires and wanting to find solace in music.  We are also grateful for the generosity of artists like Alexi Kenney, who donated all of his concert fees to, a local organization working to help undocumented immigrants affected/displaced by the fires.

Moving forward, we plan to continue supporting our community by being a place to come together and revel in the magic of music. We look forward to hosting a benefit concert on November 18 at 7 p.m featuring Counting Crows with special guest Brett Dennen. The benefit, entitled “For the Love of Sonoma” North Bay Fire Relief Concert, is presented by the Family Coppola in Partnership with BottleRock Presents.

All proceeds will go toward the North Bay Fire Relief Fund & Noma Gives, the donation branch of the #NomaCares initiative.

If you would like to donate to Noma Gives, visit Noma Gives.