UPDATE 8/12/16 5:05 PM: The Soberanes Fire relief fund will grow to more than $430,000 when all of the donations from last weekend's fundraisers are received. Currently, the fund totals $280,000 according to the Community Foundation for Monterey County.
UPDATE 8/8/16 5:50 PM: Weekend fundraisers brought in roughly $180,000 in donations to the Soberanes Fire Fund. Events included a farmers market at The Wharf Marketplace, cash donations from Salinas Valley agricultural companies, a benefit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and direct donations to Community Foundation at the Aquarium event.
Nearly 2,800 people were admitted free of charge to the Aquarium event, which raised over $110,000.
ORIGNAL STORY: Thousands of people turned out Sunday evening for a Soberanes Fire relief benefit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Organizers say advance ticket sales approached $35,000.
The event featured live music and food and drinks provided by dozens of chefs and produce companies from throughout Monterey County.
''This is just a really amazing example of this community coming together to help our friends and neighbors,” said Ken Peterson, communications director for the Monterey Bay Aquarium. “There are a lot of people who've lost homes, who've lost livelihoods, so we really wanted all to step up. The fact that it could pull off something of this scale in less than a week is pretty amazing.”
All proceeds from the event will go to the Soberanes Fire Fund, which supports the agencies helping fire victims through the Community Foundation for Monterey County.