Performers come together for fundraiser supporting East Village explosion victims

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EAST VILLAGE, N.Y. (PIX11)-- It was a sold-out show at Theater 80 on St. Mark's Place with well-known East Village performers coming together to raise more than $50,000 for the victims of the East Village gas explosion.

The headliner rocker Patty Smith sang a song called "Grateful" and that's what many of the victims of the massive gas explosion that killed two men and raised three buildings said they were feeling at this fundraiser as They sat on the stage and listened.

"It's been great that everyone is coming together to help us," Nick Pizzutello, who lost his home in the explosion, said.

The money from this fundraiser will be donated to an organization called the Good Old Lower East Side or Goles.

The event was the brainchild of East Village Author author Alan Kaufman.

"I would walk where the explosion happened and I thought what happens to all those people displaced," Kaufman said. "I had this crazy idea that maybe I could help."

Tickets ranged in price from $20 to $150.

Not all the victims could attend, but say they are grateful nonetheless.

"The fact that people are coming from all over the city," Diane McLean said. "I am just really very humbled."

Among those supporting the efforts were Sting and wife Trudy Styler. They donated $36,000 but are on tour in Europe and could not perform in the fundraiser.

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