People will have a chance Sunday to contribute to recovery efforts from recent flooding in Sidney while enjoying a variety of musical entertainment.
"Sidney Rocks -- Flood Relief 2011" takes place at the Hillcrest Roller Rink from noon to 10 p.m. The facility is at 2181 county Route 4. Tickets are $10, with $12 and under $5 and 3 and under free.
The effort began about two weeks ago when four community residents got together to help those affected by recent flooding that devastated the village, said Vesna Hoblitz. She is organizing the event with Greg Davie, Tom Thomson and Hillcrest owner Tracey Chapman.
"The outpouring of community support for the effort from businesses and individuals has been tremendous," Hoblitz said. "We are a very tight-knit community so we all want to help."
With volunteers, bands and other organizations willing to donate their time, 100 percent of the money raised will go to the Sidney United Way's fund to assist Sidney flood victims. Local dancers and a martial arts group will also be performing.
Sidney United Way Executive Director Dennis Porter said, "I think its just great that people are willing to come together to work for a common cause," with this and other fundraising efforts. With checks coming in locally as well as from across the country, "It's amazing the feelings people have for this community."
So far, about $10,000 has been raised through the Sidney United Way. Although a needs assessment is underway, he expects the funds are a fraction of what is needed.
Bands, solo artists and others have volunteered to play throughout the day, both inside and on an outdoor stage.
"It is turning out to be quite an event," Chapman said. "Everyone is just opening their hands to help."
Businesses and others have been generous in their donations for the Chinese and silent auctions that will take place throughout the day. Hourly 50-50 drawings will also be conducted.
Tickets are available at the door, at the NBT branch in Sidney, Video Entertainment Plus in Sidney or Rockin'Roadhouse in Mount Upton.