The organizer of the Potato Salad Kickstarter campaign now plans to use the funds to host a benefit concert for the hungry and homeless in Columbus, Ohio with, as you may have guessed, potato salad.
Zack “Danger” Brown ran a campaign back in July on Kickstarter to fund potato salad with a goal of only $10. 6,911 backers later, Brown had raised $55,492. Now he’s using it to host PotatoStock 2014 in Columbus on September 27th along with a lineup of local artists and a TBA national touring act. All concession proceeds will go to a permanent, donor-advised fund at the Columbus Foundation.
Brown isn’t alone on this either. Hellmann’s Mayonnaise, Hampton Creek, Whence and the Idaho Potato Commission are just some of the biggest sponsors committed helping throw this benefit event.
— Zack Danger Brown (@ztbrown) August 13, 2014
According to Mashable, Brown stated in an email:
“That fund will make annual grants to existing nonprofits working to address hunger and homelessness in central Ohio.”
On whether his campaign contributors will also be attending to try his potato salad:
“I keep hearing people saying that they plan to road trip to PotatoStock from [out] of town… I’d love to see a huge pilgrimage to Columbus.”
It seems that something amazing can come out of even the most ridiculous crowdfunding campaigns. We definitely need more stories of helping people like this one.
Updates for Brown’s event can be found on his Kickstarter page.