Doc’s Clock, El Rio fundraisers to benefit Mission Street fire victims

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Want to help victims of Saturday’s massive Mission Street fire? Two local bars are hosting upcoming fundraising events.

El Rio and Doc’s Clock are hosting benefits – one this week, the other the next – with proceeds going to the 57 people displaced by the 5-alarm fire at 29th and Mission streets. Authorities have not yet determined what caused the blaze, which damaged six buildings. San Francisco officials said during a press briefing earlier this week that it originated somewhere in the destroyed Cole Hardware building, at 3312 Mission St., and that nearly 50 percent of those displaced came from the Graywood Hotel, an SRO.

Doc’s Clock, 2575 Mission St., is hosting its fundraiser this Friday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., donating half of the proceeds from all drinks – and all of the money from certain libations – to displaced tenants. The money will be given to the Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA), which will work with Dolores Street Community Services and its SRO Collaborative program to distribute the money.

Just blocks from the site of the fire, El Rio is hosting an event on June 30, donating the money brought in between 8 p.m. to midnight to the fire victims’ fund through MEDA. There will be bands, a raffle and the money raised will be matched by a corporate sponsor, according to El Rio’s Facebook event page. The door fee will be $10.

Can’t make it? You can also make a tax-deductible donation directly to the victims through MEDA’s  website. Specify on the form that it’s for the “Tenant Fire Fund.”

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