The American Red Cross Santa Monica chapter has scheduled a “Blow Out” fundraiser for hurricane relief from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, October 6th, at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company on the Santa Monica Pier.

All monies collected will go to the Red Cross relief effort for last month’s Gustav and Ike hurricanes.

The “Blow Out” event is intended to raise funds for “Hurricane 2008 Disaster Relief” efforts. Current estimates of the cost of relief operations are over $100 million, according to the Red Cross.

The Red Cross deployed 19,000 disaster workers and volunteers to the hurricane zones, ten of them from the Santa Monica chapter. So far, the Red Cross has provided 360,000 overnight shelter stays, served seven million meals and snacks, and distributed over 100,000 cleanup kits for tens of thousands of evacuees and victims of Gustav and Ike, according to the Red Cross.

Fundraising efforts to pay off hurricane relief debt incurred have fallen short of goals, according to the organization.

In addition to an informal presentation on disaster relief, appetizers and “Hurricane” drinks will be served at the Blow Out event. A donation of any amount to the Red Cross of Santa Monica “Hurricanes 2008 Relief” fund is required for admittance.

Attendees and guests are welcome. Everyone is asked to wear an element of red to show support for the Red Cross. Convenient pier deck parking is available for a separate parking fee.

To reserve for the event or donate directly, call Marcia Caldirola at (310) 394-3773. Information, www.redcrossofsantamonica.org/.

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