Help Charmaine Recover from a Stroke & Lightning!

Charmaine Neville has added music and magic to New Orleans for decades. This year, she needs our help. A couple of weeks ago, lightning directly struck Charmaine's house, causing extensive electrical, structural, and aesthetic damage to the historic home. This is on top of her having suffered a debilitating stroke earlier this year in the spring. What kind of damage are we talking? Most of her upstairs windows were destroyed, all the 100+ year old wiring and electrical needed replaced, all electrical appliances were destroyed, as well as lots of exterior interior non-structural damage. The house literally jumped it was hit so hard by lightning!

Not only is Charmaine facing tens of thousands of dollars in repairs, she is also very limited in her ability to make money due to the stroke. We need folks who love Charmaine and all the beauty she adds to our world to step up and donate so she can heal her house and have safety and security while she gets back to her normal rhythm of life. Please consider making a donation today and helping spread the word!

For years, Charmaine has donated her music-making to dozens of different nonprofits and causes, at one time being dubbed the "queen of fundraisers". When not adding joy to the world and raising money by making music, she gifted her talents to helping kids with disabilities learn how to play music. All over the world, there are folks who have been inspired to add their own musical magic to the world thanks to Charmaine. We are hoping that this fundraiser will not only repair the damage done by the recent lightning strike, but also give her the resources to keep pursuing her passion of inspiring more folks to share their light through music.

This campaign is being organized by a circle of friends and neighbors who are supporting Charmaine during this time of need. We are also planning a benefit concert on October 21st so save that date! (and find out more at the fb event here: If you have any questions about the campaign or how to support Charmaine, please feel free to reach out to this fundraiser's lead organizer Kyle through the contact button below. We will work to update this page regularly.

Here is our current breakdown of how money raised by this fundraiser will be used to help repair Charmaine's historic house and get her back on her feet (why do we keep saying historic? Because it is! And, because this makes repair work soooo much more expensive):
  • $12,500: Electrical repairs, rewiring, inspections, etc.
  • $2,500: replacing upstairs windows that were blown out
  • $9,000: replacing historic weatherboards and exterior damage
  • $5,000: interior plasterwork and damage
  • $7,500: Living expenses for 12 months @ $625/month
  • $3,500: Replacing appliances, lighting, electronics, etc.
TOTAL: $40,000


Donations (140)

  • Rebecca Yarowsky
    • $50 
    • 8 mos
  • Anonymous
    • $20 
    • 11 mos
  • Helen Gibert
    • $100 
    • 1 yr
  • Alison Young
    • $50 
    • 1 yr
  • Joycelyn Evans
    • $50 
    • 1 yr

Organizer and beneficiary

Kyle DeVries
New Orleans, LA
Charmaine Neville

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