Despite the somber cause, there was a lot of laughter. I was worried about not really knowing anyone, but that wasn't a problem. Everyone I met was friendly and welcoming. And it was a great opportunity to hear local science-fiction and fantasy authors read exceptional work. I'm glad I didn't miss it.
The bookstore donated 15% of food and drink sales and provided a great space. In addition, Horrific Miscue sold a chapbook to raise donations. I don't know the final numbers, but I saw a decent amount of cash being counted at the end of the night.
Donations will be sent to the American Red Cross, flagged for this issue. Here is a link to the Red Cross site if you would like to consider donating as well.