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Preview: The 19 Fund benefit

Will Coviello on the May 23 benefit at Tipitina's for the victims of the Mother's Day shooting

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In response to the shooting at the Mothers' Day second line, Gambit's Foundation for Entertainment, Development and Education, the Tipitina's Foundation, United Way of Southeast Louisiana and Silence is Violence formed the 19 Fund to assist the victims. Deborah "Big Red" Cotton, who covers second lines and brass bands for Gambit, was among those injured. The benefit features music by Donald Harrison Jr. (pictured) leading the Congo Square Nation Mardi Gras Indians, Hot 8 Brass Band, Stooges Brass Band, Bonerama and others. The event is hosted by honorary co-chairs Fats Domino, Wendell Pierce and Harrison. All ticket and drink sales go to the fund, which will be administered by the United Way at no cost. Funds will be used to help the victims heal physically, emotionally and financially. Silence is Violence will coordinate victim services. Abita Brewing Company and Glazers also are event sponsors. Tickets $40. — WILL COVIELLO

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