- Sharon Chapman American-Statesman Staff
Editor’s note: This article was originally published March 13, 2014
SXSW officials and staff from the Mohawk and Cheer Up Charlie’s just announced that the two clubs will reopen at 7 p.m. tonight for scheduled SXSW showcases. The two clubs have been closed and day events canceled after a car crashed through barricades on Red River Street early Thursday, killing two people and injuring 23 more.
“After talking with the Austin Police Department, we have determined that the most prudent course of action is to move forward with the SXSW shows scheduled at the Mohawk and Cheer Up Charlie’s tonight. If we were to turn away potentially thousands of people who will arrive to see the shows, it would create a serious safety issue,” SXSW Founder Roland Swenson said in a news release. “To avoid confusion we plan to carry on in order to serve our tens of thousands of participants during this tragic time.”
“My staff and myself are broken hearted for not only the victims and families of this senseless tragedy but also for our beloved Red River and this entire community,” Mohawk owner James Moody of Transmission Events said in the same release.
SXSW, Transmission Events and Cheer Up Charlie’s also announced a fundraising effort for victims of the crash. People can donate to the SXSW Cares Fund (#SXSWCares) at sxswcares.com; the fund wil be managed the Austin Community Foundation. From the release: The funds will be disbursed to those most affected through a community-based process to be created by representatives of SXSW, the Austin Convention Center and the City of Austin.
They also shared these resources for people who want to help:
- St David’s Prayer Service for victims: 5:30pm today, 301 E 8th Street in the Labyrinth
- The Blood Center of Central Texas (Type O & Type O Negative): 512-206-1266
- APD Victim Services can be reached at 512-974-5037
- Witnesses should call APD at 512-974-5186 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Those searching for loved ones can call: The American Red Cross at 800-928-4271