Co-op Grocers Host Co-ops Rock! Benefit Concert

Aug 21, 2008

National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) will be hosting a Sept. 19 music event in Seattle to raised funds for farmers impacted by recent flooding in the Midwest.

NCGA is a business services cooperative for 109 consumer-owned food co-ops located throughout the United States. Member stores in the Seattle area includePCC Natural Markets and Central Co-op’s Madison Market.

Brooklyn-based The National will headline the “Co-ops Rock!” event, set for Friday, Sept. 19, at The Moore Theatre at 1932 Second Avenue in Seattle. Menomena will open.

Co-ops Rock! seeks to raise money to support sustainable food initiatives through a celebration of music and the co-op model.

In light of this year’s flooding in the Midwest, the beneficiary for the first Co-ops Rock! event will be Northcountry Cooperative Develop Fund (NCDF) Foundation’s Cooperative Disaster Relief Fund, which provides disaster relief to farmers impacted by flooding.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are \ available for sale beginning Friday, Aug 1 through or charge by phone at 206-628-0888.

“Co-op members and customers are a diverse group of individuals of all backgrounds, beliefs and lifestyles,” Robynn Shrader, chief executive officer forNCGA. “They love healthy organic and natural foods, and they share a passion for seeking cooperative ways to help others when they need it.

“Co-ops Rock! brings these elements together with great music for the sake of co-op suppliers hit hard by recent flooding,” Shrader added. “We hope this event raises a lot of money for the farmers, provides a great evening for attendees and sets the tone for future Co-ops Rock! events.”