A Concert for Hope and Healing has raised over $50,000 to help Newtown residents. 100% of ticket sales from the two-day event at the Ridgefield Playhouse is going in part to create a memorial park with a carousel. Other money will be used for ongoing counseling services for Sandy Hook Elementary survivors and for first responders.
The concerts Saturday and Sunday night featured local bands and some well known musicians including Paul Simon.
One of the performers was former New York Yankees outfielder Bernie Williams. He said it was a no-brainer to come help out when he was asked. Connecticut state Poet Laureate Dick Allen wrote a poem for the occasion and debuted it Saturday night.
Children from Sandy Hook who performed their rendition of Somewhere Over The Rainbow on Good Morning America sang on Saturday and Sunday nights.