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Tribute Fest plays good music for a good cause

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DULUTH, MN. (CBS 3 Duluth) – The Tribute Fest at Bayfront Festival Parked kicked off Friday to help support veterans.

Veterans and their families listened to covers from bands of all genres while raising awareness about homeless veterans in Northland.

“The goal is to raise awareness,” said Tribute Fest organizer Lou Campbell.

The event has been running since 2009 and raises funds for veterans struggling with homelessness.

“We want to have fun, but we’d really prefer if the veterans were all taken care of,” Campbell said.

The Tribute Fest is a music festival featuring several cover bands and offers free admission to veterans and their families.

“You know, whether it’s $1 or $10,000, we love you for doing this and helping bring awareness to homeless and unemployed veterans,” Campbell said.

Money raised is donated to the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV). Paul Pederson is a housing assistant for the organization.

“We are attacking the homeless mission in our community and across the state for homeless veterans,” Pederson said.

MACV helps veterans pay rent and helps veterans with emergencies.

“Your utilities are going to be cut or you know, you’re in the middle of winter and the fuel bill is high,” he said.

Pederson was involved in virtually ending veteran homelessness in St. Louis County in June, but the work continues.

“We have a few out there right now, and we’re trying to help people out and if you’re out there and you’re homeless, give us a call, come see us,” Pederson said.

Pederson said the work done by the council, with the help of partners like Tribute Fest, is important.

“It’s a very honorable job that we can do,” he said. “It’s a very hard job that we have to do.”

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