‘Love You Madly’ raises $76,000-plus for fire relief — and auction items still up for grabs

Joe Satriani
This Ibanez JS240 signed by Joe Satriani remains available for bidding.

“Love You Madly,” the Dec. 5 live-music streaming event designed to raise money for Santa Cruz County fire relief, raised more than $76,000, through donations and T-shirt sales.

The event’s producer Jon Luini announced Tuesday that the event attracted more than 62,000 views through the platform Nugs.tv, with about 600 donors, giving on average about $90 per person. About $14,000 was raised through the sale of T-shirts.

Donations go entirely to the Fire Response Fund managed by Community Foundation Santa Cruz County, which has already distributed about $600,000 to relief efforts for those displaced by the CZU Lightning Complex fires last August.

The fund-raising effort continues with a newly announced auction of two guitars— a Gibson Les Paul, signed by Sammy Hagar; and an Ibanez JS240 signed by Joe Satriani.

Hagar and Satriani were among more than 30 artists who participated in the event, which also included Bonnie Raitt & Boz Scaggs, Steve Earle, Los Lobos, Colin Hay, Kevin Cronin and many others. It was co-produced by Matthew Swinnerton.

Donations are still being accepted for the fire relief fund.

Luini also said that “Love You Madly” will be streamed in its entirety again in early January.

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