A group of state legislators has organized a fundraiser to help raise support for Alaskans dealing with property damage in the wake of a violent windstorm that wreaked havoc in communities across Alaska this month.

Click the image above to watch a short video depicting the damage from the recent windstorm in the Mat-Su Valley.

The windstorm, which included gusts of nearly 100 mph, began on Saturday, Jan. 1 and did not subside until Jan. 5. It left tens of thousands of homes without power, severely damaged many homes and businesses, brought down trees all over the Mat-Su area, created massive impassable snow berms, overturned vehicles, trailers and sheds and left many Alaskans scrambling to heat their homes.

The Jan. 12 event takes place at St. Coyote Restaurant in Anchorage from 5-7 p.m. All donations will directly benefit Alaska Disaster Relief through Red Cross Alaska. Gov. Mike Dunleavy will be on hand.

Co-hosting the event with the governor are event organizers Senators Roger Holland and Shelly Hughes, Representatives Tom McKay, David Nelson and Ron Gilham. Special co-host guests include Anchorage Mayor Dave Bronson, Kenai Mayor Charlie Pierce and Wasilla Mayor Glenda Ledford.

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Jan. 12 event to aid Alaskans in aftermath of violent storm

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 20 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.