SPRING HILL — When Hurricane Sandy hit the Northeast in October, the devastation hit home for Mike Gorham.
Although Gorham is from the Adirondack region of New York, his wife, Jean, is from Long Island, one of the hardest-hit areas.
"It's too bad we can't do anything for the people up North," Gorham recalled his wife saying to him. "But then I figured, I'm a musician. Maybe I can put something together."
With his bandmates on board, the bass player and singer for the Shadow Ridge Band contacted the Spring Hill Community Association about the possibility of putting together a benefit concert. After a board meeting, the association was all for it.
What resulted is the Hurricane Sandy Benefit Concert, which kicks off at 1 p.m. Sunday on the grounds of the association's Lake House. The concert will feature several rock bands, with all proceeds benefiting victims of Sandy.
"It just took off from there," Gorham said, "and developed a personality of its own."
The support in putting together the event has been overwhelming, Gorham said. The community association has donated the use of the Lake House and grounds, and association members and volunteers have spent the last few days cleaning up after the popular Angels on High holiday event, which drew thousands to the Lake House last weekend.
"So many of us are from the Northeast," said Eddie Lawrence, president of the community association. "We figured this would be a good way to help. ... The biggest challenge is getting ready, but it's coming together."
Along with the Shadow Ridge Band, other groups scheduled to perform include Broken Dreams, Without Smith and the Johns Project. Between sets, Teri Lyon will entertain.
"There will be very little dead air," Gorham promises.
Gorham, along with James Goncolo from Without Smith, will be emceeing.
Guests may bring lawn chairs or blankets. No coolers will be allowed, but food and drinks will be available for purchase. There will also be a 50/50 raffle. All funds raised will be donated to the American Red Cross.
The suggested donation for admission is $5 for adults, but Gorham said all donations are welcome.
"It's a donation," he said. "Give whatever your heart tells you."