Warms Springs hosts first-ever ‘Music for a Cause’ event

The event aimed to show how music, food and generous community support can combine to support refugee resettlement and other good causes in Idaho.

BOISE, Idaho — A backyard party in Warm Springs on Friday night featured a new local effort called “Music for a Cause,” which aims to support good community causes through concerts.

The party started at 6 p.m. and continued until 9 p.m., with the Idaho Office for Refugees (IOR) being the primary beneficiary of the event.

All 41 and Jake Stigers performed at the event, which also included dishes from the Shams sisters of the Sunshine Spice Cafe and other ethnic cuisines prepared by refugee/immigrant chefs from the area.

The event aimed to show how music, food, and generous community support can combine to support things like refugee resettlement and other worthy causes in Idaho. About 200 people attended the launch event.

Suzanne Long, one of the founders of Music for a Cause, says the hope is to use unconventional events to help people, like newly arrived refugees in the area.

“Well, that’s extremely important because we have approximately 1,300 refugees that the IOR will resettle in communities in Boise this year,” Long said. “It’s everything from helping them understand the basics of life in the United States. It could be everything from how to get to and enroll in school, how to get on the bus, how to find an apartment, how do you go to the grocery store?We just think that resettling in the community of Boise not only helps the refugees, but it really helps us to be a better community.

Organizers say they hope this is the first of many Music for a Cause events.

They are looking to work with the community soon to find other causes to benefit, as well as other community members interested in sponsoring an event.

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