Pearl Jam Raise 11 Million Dollars For The Homeless

At Pearl Jam‘s two homecoming concerts over the weekend, they did more than blow the roof off of Seattle’s Safeco Field. The band’s “Home Away” shows on Wednesday (August 8) and Friday (August 10) managed to raise over 11 million dollars for the city’s homeless. 90% of the proceeds will go to King County organizations.

One of the 40 organizations receiving a donation is Mary’s Place, which provides temporary housing to homeless women, children, and families. Non-profit opened its doors on Wednesday at its first official private shelter.

“This is what those ‘Home Shows’ can do,” said Marty Hartman, director of Mary’s Place. “Literally, bring more people home, out of those cars, out of those tents, up off the sidewalk and give them a safe space to be and get them into their forever home. Up until now, we’ve been in buildings that are slated for demolition. This is the first time we’ve ever bought anything. This is our first home purchase.”

Due to Pearl Jam’s efforts, over 80 Seattle restaurants joined the campaign and donated a portion of their sales to the band’s Home Away fund.

For more information on Mary’s Place and to find out how you can donate, visit their website.

Recently, the band also opened a massive exhibit at Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture to not only celebrate Pearl Jam’s legacy but to also honor the late Andrew Wood of Mother Love Bone. Dubbed Pearl Jam: Home and Away, the exhibit is now open.

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Ashley Perez Hollingsworth

Ashley Perez is a freelance music journalist based in Chicago. Her work has appeared on AXS, Chicago Innerview, New City, The Millions, and Illinois Entertainer. She also runs her own music blog at Radio Not Found. Some of her favorite bands include Nirvana, The Cure, Muse, Creeper, and Green Day.

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