LAKEWOOD RANCH -- For three days, Sudie Brattli couldn't stop crying.
The images and reports of damages in the Northeast from Hurricane Sandy had struck home for the Jersey Shore native.
The storm, also called Superstorm Sandy, left more than 100 people dead, thousands homeless and caused billions of dollars in economic losses.
Brattli's three brothers lost their homes during the storm. Through Facebook, she learned of friends who had suffered similar damages.
The neighborhood she grew up in was decimated.
"I was watching people on television saying it was no big deal," Brattli said. "They didn't realize how bad the storm was going to be."
But rather than soak in
sadness, Brattli, owner of the Vintage Salon and Spa in Sarasota, decided to help.
"I realized I wouldn't be OK unless I did something," she said.
Brattli, a lifelong singer, came up with the ideato organize a benefit concert to help victims ofHurricane Sandy. With the help of local businessesand musicians, and after only two weeks of planning, "Restore The Shore" willbe held Wednesday at thePolo Grill and Bar, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, on Lakewood Ranch's Main Street.
"The people need the money now," said Steven Husak, who helped organize the relief benefit concert. Husak, owner of Sarasota-based Continents Apart Lifestyles, also was raised in New Jersey and attended Rutgers University.
The concert is set for 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. The event will include a silent auction, special food menu and a cash bar.
Tickets can be purchased at Vintage Salon and Spa, 3510 N. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota; Burns Court Cinemas, 506 Burns Court, Sarasota, and Lakewood Ranch Cinemas on Main Street.
A number of local musical acts, including Brattli, who sings with the Suncoast Ladies Sing the Blues group, will perform. The list includes the Florida Blues Brothers, Ben Hammond, Big T and the Tornadoes, CCL, Kara Nally, Come Back Alice and The Lotus Fire.
Proceeds will be donated to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund, which was started by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and his wife, Mary Pat.
"All of my family lost their homes," Brattli said. "All three brothers were musicians and builders, and they lost everything."
"We're trying to raise $15,000 from this first event," Husak said. "If this one goes well and there is a need for more, we will do more."
For more information on the concert, call the Vintage Salon and Spa at 941-351-0670 or visit the concert's Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/RestoreTheShoreSarasota.
Nick Williams, East Manatee reporter, can be reached at 941-748-0411 ext. 7049. Twitter:@_1NickWilliams