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Hot Air concert earns $2,300

The Hudson Hot Air Jazz concert raised more than $2,300 for Turningpoint. Performing at the event was the John Devine Quartet, which includes, from left, Devine, pianist Jon Pemberton, bassist Brock Thorson and drummer Alden Ikeda. Submitted photo

Hudson Hot Air Affair Jazz Committee members donated over $2,300 to Turningpoint last week. The proceeds came from the second annual Jazz Benefit held in conjunction with Hudson's Hot Air Affair's 20th anniversary at the Best Western Hudson House Inn. The John Devine Quartet performed classic jazz from the swing era at the event.

Turningpoint ( began its mission in 1979 to empower those who have experienced domestic or sexual violence by providing them with the resources, community support and education to achieve freedom from violence.

Serving Pierce and St. Croix counties, Turningpoint provides free, confidential crisis counseling, temporary food and shelter, legal and courtroom advocacy and support groups for women and children.

"The group's members in the quartet have played together in various configurations for more than 25 years at a wide variety of venues in the Twin Cities," said Devine, jazz saxophonist and composer. "We looked forward to coming back to Hudson to be part of this important cause."