The 16th annual Warming Up for Christmas Benefit Guitar Concert brought more than 600 people to the Williamson Auditorium in Fairfield on Dec. 2 and raised more than $12,300 for the ShineOnCass Foundation.

Orchestrated by Steve Fotter, a local musician and guitar instructor from Benton, and his wife Linda, the three-hour concert featured 80 students and local talent performing rock, blues, jazz and folk Christmas music. Fotter said it was the largest fundraiser in his concert’s history, which in total has raised well over $100,000 for local charitable organizations, according to a news release from Monica Wilcox Charette of the ShineOnCass Foundation.

“We get to raise a lot of money for a great cause, like the ShineOnCass Foundation that supports our community, and my students get to perform before a live audience,” Fotter said, according to the release. “We have tremendous talent here and the concert has become a special tradition to start the holiday season. We continue to be grateful and humbled by the people who support us.”

As part of the benefit concert in honor of Cassidy Charette, the ShineOnCass Foundation organized a collection of gifts for the Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderer’s Christmas Program, which provides boxes filled with warm clothing and toys for 1,700 financially disadvantaged children in Maine.

More than 200 gifts, including books, pajamas, hats, mittens and toys were collected at the concert and by Messalonskee High School students, who delivered them to the program’s headquarters in Waterville.

The foundation also will gift proceeds from the concert to help purchase items needed to fill all the boxes before Christmas.