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Fire benefit raises $12K

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Four hundred people turned out Saturday for a benefit event at 27 Live to help workers who lost their jobs when three businesses on Davis Street in Evanston were destroyed by fire last month.

Organizers say the event, with performances from three bands, raised $12,000.

27 Live owner John Tasiopolous says, "It was so gratifying to see the community come out and support our neighbors and friends and the overwhelming response has been a humbling experience for all of us involved. Evanston is a very special community."

The employees affected by the fire and Evanston’s firefighters were treated as VIPs on the upper level of 27 Live and attended the event free of charge. 

Donations to the Davis Street Fire Fund are still being accepted by the Evanston Chamber of Commerce.

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