Poverty is Real: Recent News

Beatles vs. Stones Rock ‘n’ Roll Showdown in Charlotte, April 19

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Poverty Is Real (PIR) is proud to announce its upcoming Charlotte concert event, Beatles vs. Stones — a battle of the bands featuring eight acts performing music by the two greatest rock bands of all time — on Saturday, April 19 at The Double Door Inn, with doors opening at 7 p.m. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Urban Ministry Center.

The Double Door

The evening will feature eight bands performing four songs each, covering their favorite works by either The Beatles or The Rolling Stones. Bands currently signed on to play include School of Rock Charlotte, Reeve Coobs, Dead End Parking, Little District, Yaddatu, and Toleman Randall.

Tickets are $12 in advance and are available at doubledoorinn.com/eventlist.aspx. The Double Door Inn is located at 1218 Charlottetowne Avenue. More information about the show is at povertyisreal.us.

Spencer Smith, Executive Director of PIR, says the event’s beneficiary, the Urban Ministry Center, was identified as a key player in the fight against poverty within the Charlotte community. “They are the perfect example of an organization effectively fight poverty on the local level,” said Smith. “We’re thrilled to be supporting such an amazing organization.”

The Urban Ministry Center is a local, interfaith organization dedicated to bringing the community together to end homelessness, one life at a time. The Center serves 500 to 600 homeless individuals in the Charlotte area each day, and provides services including basic aid, permanent supportive housing, temporary shelter, enrichment programs, substance abuse treatment, and community education. For more information, visit urbanministrycenter.org.

$1,500 Donated to Decatur Education Foundation

Poverty Is Real recently teamed up with Little Shop of Stories and Travis Grubb Properties/Keller Knapp Realty to present the Decatur debut of Wildwood Imperium, the third installation in the Wildwood Chronicles by lead singer of the Decemberists, Colin Meloy and acclaimed illustrator, Carson Ellis.  The event featured two readings, one at the Kindezi School, a West End school dedicated to class sizes no larger than 8 per teacher, and one at Kavarna Coffee in Decatur.

Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis have gained a considerable following in the Decatur community, most notably as the featured keynote speakers at the 2011 Decatur Book Festival.

Decatur Education Foundation benefit at Kindezi SchoolDecatur Education Foundation benefit at Kindezi School

Kavarna Coffee - Decatur

Tickets for the event quickly sold out, allowing Poverty Is Real to donate more than 90 copies of Wildwood Imperium to students of the Kindezi School at an exclusive reading and book signing on February 7.  In addition, the event raised $1,500 for the Decatur Education Foundation’s Project Bookshelf.  Said Gail Rothman, director of DEF:

We loved working with Poverty is Real on the recent author event with Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis. It was a fun, well-organized event that gave us great exposure in our community and raised $1,500 to support Project Bookshelf!

Project Bookshelf is a partnership between Renfroe Middle School and The Decatur Education Foundation based on the idea that all kids deserve great books!

Project Bookshelf helps economically challenged students continue to grow as readers even when they’re not at school by providing funds for them to purchase books before each of the breaks from school. By the end of each year, participants have not only grown as readers but their growth has often outstripped that of their wealthier peers. And the best part is they experience the pride that comes from book ownership and participation in the culture of literacy.

Thanks Poverty is Real for supporting our work to make sure every child in our community, regardless of income, has access to great books! 

-Gail Rothman, Decatur Education Foundation

Poverty Is Real is proud to support Project Bookshelf, the Kindezi School, and lovers of good books everywhere!

For more information on how you can get involved with Poverty Is Real, email info@povertyisreal.us or visit www.PovertyIsReal.us.

June 20 – 22 Decatur Show Benefiting Decatur Cooperative Ministry

NEW CONCERT SERIES!  Poverty Is Real is excited to announce the dates for its fourth annual Decatur concert series at Eddie’s Attic to benefit Decatur Cooperative Ministry. The event will be the Atlanta-area launch of the new Amplify concert series format. Some great bands will play the stage from June 20-22, including a Springsteen cover night June 22. Stay tuned for more details!

$4,000 Raised at The Jefferson, Charlottesville

In January, Poverty Is Real partnered with The Jefferson in Charlottesville and two amazing bands, Lucero and Jonny Fritz, to benefit local nonprofits, Virginia Dental Association Foundation (VDAF) and The Haven.

PIR recently announced the event was a huge success, exceeding goals, and donating $4,000 to two of Charlottesville’s most important organizations.

Much needed funding wasn’t the only prize of the night for VDAF and The Haven. The great publicity received from the PIR show (Check out the Daily Progress article!) helped raise awareness for what these amazing nonprofits are accomplishing in the Charlottesville community.

With the help of Lucero, Jonny Fritz, and The Jefferson, VDAF can continue to make the community smile a little bigger.

Beth Vann-Turnball of VDAF describes the impact of January’s Poverty Is Real concert:

Poverty disproportionately affects some of Virginia’s most vulnerable residents — senior citizens and adults with disabilities. When money is tight and hard choices have to be made about which bills to pay each month, dental care can quickly drop off the list of priorities… until there’s a crisis. Once they begin to experience pain, difficulty eating, or embarrassment due to tooth loss, dental care becomes an urgent need. However, many people find they have nowhere to turn for the comprehensive oral health care they now need. That’s why VDAF’s Donated Dental Services (DDS) program exists. We match eligible patients with volunteer dentists, specialists and laboratories, who provide services ranging from extractions and fillings to customized dentures – all free of charge.

Although it has provided more than $9,500,000 in dental care since 1997, the Virginia Dental Association Foundation’s DDS program and purpose are not widely known. Poverty Is Real connected us with hundreds of music lovers who probably would not have learned about our mission otherwise. It shined a light on the need for access to oral health care, raised awareness of our services, and raised funds to help us expand the DDS program in Charlottesville and surrounding counties. Thanks to the efforts of Poverty Is Real and its partners, Charlottesville will now have a part-time case manager dedicated to matching eligible DDS patients with volunteer dental professionals who are willing and able to help. We look forward to sharing some of the success stories from patients and dentists alike in the months ahead.

-Beth Vann-Turnball, Virginia Dental Association Foundation

Stay tuned for what’s next from Poverty Is Real and visit www.VDAF.org to learn more about the Virginia Dental Association Foundation or http://www.thehavenatfirstandmarket.org/the-haven/ to learn more about The Haven.

Thank You to Our Hometown Heroes, The Pinewood and Decatur Package Store!

On January 12 and 13, local favorites The Pinewood and Decatur Package Store teamed up to host “A Pappy Van Winkle Degustation,” benefitting Poverty Is Real.

Pinewood Dinner

Image Courtesy of The Pinewood

The Pinewood offered a stunning seven-course meal, complete with a seven-whisky prix fixe courtesy of Decatur Package Store and featuring the infamous Pappy Van Winkle whiskeys.

Throughout the night, participants silently bid on each bottle being served, as well as the elusive 23 year Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye. Pappy, as it’s called by its legions of fans, is easily the most coveted bourbon on the planet.

The five-star dinner included the signature Pinewood Pain Purdu. If you haven’t yet visited The Pinewood in Decatur, you’re clearly missing out! Check out what’s on the table tonight at The Pinewood by visiting www.pinewoodtr.com.

The Pappy Van Winkle dinner sold out long before the dinner date and we were honored to be a part of this evening. With great appreciation to our incredible friends at The Pinewood and Decatur Package Store, we were gifted with $11,710 and will continue our mission in leveraging the universal love of music to fight poverty and homelessness at a local level.

Pinewood, Decatur Package Store Donation Check