Donations being accepted for Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen following house fire

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 17, 2016

By Shavonne Walker

EAST SPENCER — Donations are being requested following a Wednesday afternoon fire at the home of international singer/entertainer Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen where she lost all of her possessions.

It was over 10 years ago that Cohen lost everything in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. In 2005, she moved to East Spencer where she’s lived at 210 E. Torbush St. since that time.

Cohen was cooking on the grill on her front porch when she went inside. She returned outside to see fire creeping up toward her roof. Her house was destroyed and all of her belongings. She managed to get out with the clothes on her back, no shoes and her dog, Bubbles.

Cohen did not have insurance. The Hanford Dole Chapter of the American Red Cross is collecting donations for Cohen who also lost her music equipment and costumes.

Disaster Program Specialist Heather LeMaster is working with Cohen.

“She lost all of her entertainment equipment — computer, music, cordless microphone — as well as her makeup, and hair that she uses to perform,” LeMaster said.

“She lost her livelihood in addition to her home,” she said.

In addition to her music equipment, LeMaster said, Cohen will also need the basics including furniture, a bed, a couch, kitchen items including pots and pans, plates and utensils as well as linens and towels.

Cohen wears a women’s size 20 or 2x and shoe size 9.5 or 10. She also needs undergarments as well.

Anyone who would like to help with contributions is asked to contact Heather LeMaster at 980-348-7127.

Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.