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Kenosha bar throws concert fundraiser to help Uptown businesses damaged in unrest

Posted at 5:38 AM, Sep 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-07 06:38:04-04

Kenosha businesses that were destroyed during the unrest after the Jacob Blake shooting received help Sunday night from those in the community.

Around a hundred people packed Coins Sports Bar for much more than live music, drinks and a reprieve from the city’s most difficult times. All of the money raised from the event went to those who can’t make a living in Kenosha right now because where they work no longer exists.

“It makes your gut hurt, it’s pretty sad,” said Coins co-owner Tim Gascoigne.

Gascoigne came up with this idea to support Uptown businesses to contribute to the countless acts of kindness he’s witnessed as the city begins to recover.

“I’ve never seen more people come out of the woodwork to help rebuild and board up places,” Gascoigne said.

Singer Michael Scott watched the coverage of the Jacob Blake shooting and the unrest that followed from Nashville.

“As a Wisconsinite, my heart was bleeding sitting in Tennessee,” He said.

Right when Scott got the call from Coins, he knew it was time to head home to help the best way he can on the stage.

“In a world that’s kind of turned upside down they can somehow figure out that you’re not alone,” Scott said.

Scott hopes his gesture and the generosity of the crowd sends a message to those who make Kenosha strong.

“We will help you rebuild, we will help you find the money,” Scott said.

Gascoigne said he expects the fundraiser to provide about $5,000 to Uptown businesses in need.

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