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California Saga 2 Concert

Homelessness is an ongoing problem for far too many families here in Los Angeles. But there is a way to help. The California Saga 2 Concert is a benefit event where you not only get to go out and enjoy a night of incredible music but also help those in our city who are struggling and vulnerable.


The California Saga 2 Concert benefits three homeless organizations delivering aid, care and comfort. Get Together Foundation has partnered withHope of the Valley Rescue Mission in the San Fernando Valley, annually providing over 250,000 meals and 75,000 nights of shelter, and The Midnight Mission in Los Angeles, restoring people to self-sufficiency and combating homelessness. Funds also support Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission's Genesis House, an emergency shelter for single women and children who are transitioning out of homelessness.

Get Together Foundation began its journey to assist those in need twenty years ago. Theirwork nowfocuses on children and their families. They began their efforts by providing basic necessities (food, clothing) at homeless encampmentsand to families assigned to short term residency at low budget motels. They came to realize the vastness of this problem, and are taking action.


"LAHSA – The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority – is an organization who is at the forefront of administering care and services here in Los Angeles. They'll round up the kids and families and they'll put them in motel rooms," says Kevin Wachs, who co-founded theGet Together Foundation with his wife Mare Wachs. "It's good because they're out of the elements. But the bad news is they're in a motel room. There's no kitchen, there's no food, so a lot of times they're in the motel, and they're hungry and they'll feel just as homeless as they did on the streets."


Get Together Foundation found a way to help. They rented a food truck and took it directly to these struggling families. They are also helping tofund local shelters and work towardgetting those same people out of motels and into the shelters.


Kevin began the organization because the homeless problem literally came to his doorstep. These people had a face and a story behind their situation that he says a lot of people don't see and understand.


"I would go on a three-mile jog and right outside were tents – a homeless encampment that had popped up. Jogging through I'd start seeing the same people and we became friendly. I really got a feel for these people and what the problem was," says Kevin. "Most of the people were not drunks they were not drug addicts, they were not mentally ill and they were not lazy. These are four things that a lot of people immediately assume about homelessness. What they were is that they couldn't afford to live anywhere. So it changed our perception."


Get Together Foundation raises community awareness and charitable support through seasonal all-starmusic showcases and charity drives. In years past, Kevin has put together fundraising concerts with such big names as Mickey Dolenz of the Monkees and Carnie and Wendy Wilson of Wilson Phillips.


Rock & Roll legends participating in California Saga 2 are Rock ‘n Roll Hall of FamersDavid Crosby and Al Jardine, plus Jesse Colin Young of the Youngbloods, and Grammy-winning guitar legend Albert Lee, along with Danny Kortchmar, Waddy Wachtel, Leland Sklar, Steve Ferrone, and many local celebrity guests. They will join The Tribe Band, a group of30-plus Los Angeles-based touring and session musicians performing music and songs of California.

The concert is a significant fundraiser with proceeds going directly to fund programs that deliver aid and comfort to displaced families and individuals in need. There will also be a silent auction before the concert and a live auction during the event with proceeds also going to aid in these efforts. The show will bring together music-lovers and social do-gooders in service of a very worthy cause. "Through the power of music, people can make a difference in the world," says Kevin.


California Saga 2 is happening Wednesday, July 3rd at 8 p.m. (doors open at 6:30pm)at The Theatre at Ace Hotel, 929 S Broadway, Los Angeles. Buy your tickets now as they will sell out! For ticket information go to: www.tinyurl.com/CalSaga2


You can help the homeless! Call (818) 727-7884 or log onto www.gettogetherfoundation.org to make a direct donation, volunteer or simply to get involved.

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