Haggard concert raised $4,000 for Boles Fire recovery

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
Merle Haggard on the Redding Civic Auditorium stage, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. Photo courtesy of Nigel Skeet

Redding Civic Auditorium announced Thursday that the Dec. 14 Merle Haggard concert held there resulted in a $4,000 donation to Shasta Regional Community Foundation’s Community Disaster Relief Fund to benefit Weed.

When a video detailing the devastating impacts of the Boles Fire in Weed was played to the audience of 1,500-plus, “the room fell silent and everyone felt the weight of what this community had suffered,” according to a press release from Advance Redding (Redding Civic Auditorium).

The video’s development and production was a collaboration of several entities that included Pusher, Inc. and FireWhat, both of Dunsmuir, and Great Northern Services. To view the video and contribute to the Community Disaster Relief Fund visit: www.shastarcf.org.

Having a charitable component for the concert was important to Haggard, according to the release, which credits Redding Civic Auditorium general manager Cory McCandliss for having the idea to make a cash donation from concert proceeds to aid in Weed’s recovery efforts.