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Neil Young concert helps Sandy victims

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ATLANTIC CITY -

The event center at Borgata welcomed over 3,000 people to a special evening with Neil Young and Crazy Horse.

The sold out benefit concert was the idea of Neil Young, who added Thursday night's show to the end of his tour.

Young says he will donate proceeds from the show to the Red Cross to aid Hurricane Sandy victims.

"He's been pretty clear that he just really wants to do his part and I know there is a big concert in New York but he really wanted to have a more direct relationship and be able to help out those that were hit by the hurricane," said Borgata Senior VP of Operations Joe Lupo.

In addition to ticket sales, merchandise was available with money raised also helping victims.

For Neil Young fans, the concert provided a rare opportunity to see their idol while helping a good cause.

"It's kind of a double whammy or double good thing. You get to hear someone like Neil, for the first time for me, and make a difference for people that really need help," said Neil Young fan Steve Hassinger.

 The event was a team effort with fans just as eager as Neil to lend a helping hand.

"The energy here of people just wanting to help and filling this property on a Thursday night shows that people are involved and want to do their part for their state," said Lupo.

Borgata officials say Thursday's concert was Neil Young's first visit to the hotel.

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