WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — It was a full house at Saint Benedict’s Church on Beach Avenue Sunday afternoon. All to benefit neighboring Woodbury Union Church.
You will recall Woodbury Union Church had to close its doors because of extensive damage from a fire.
The fire happened last year, the day before Thanksgiving. Not missing a beat, St. Benedict’s opened its doors to Woodbury Union just days later for Sunday morning services, and they’ve been there ever since.
The benefit concert was organized by Lincoln Smith, he attends Lakewood Baptists Church in Warwick.
“The last 17-years I have been doing benefit concerts on Palm Sunday night at Lakewood Baptist Church,” said Smith.
“I got to know the people of Woodbury because they have been in every concert that we have had. “
Smith estimated 150-200 people attended the concert, stemming from various groups of faith.
Pastor T.J. DeMarco from Woodbury Union Church told Eyewitness News donations have come from all denominations.
It’s not known how much money was raised during Sunday’s event.
“We’ve had churches from around the country send us checks. St. Paul Evangelical, which is a Lutheran congregation, sent us a check for $19,000,” DeMarco said. “A former minister who helped out here at one point, Presbyterian pastor, has donated $20,000.”
DeMarco adds donations have reached around $100,000 so far.