Poverty is Real Benefit Concert at Eddie’s Attic Raises $10,000 for the Decatur Cooperative Ministry

August 10th, 2012 | Posted by PovertyIsReal in Press Releases

Poverty is Real (PIR) – the Decatur-based non-profit dedicated to raising money to support organizations fighting poverty in communities across America – brought in $10,000 for the Decatur Cooperative Ministry (DCM) at its July 27-29 concert series at Eddie’s Attic.

The funds were raised through ticket and merchandise sales, a silent auction, and on-site donations.

“This was truly a community-wide effort,” said PIR president Mike Killeen. “It’s hard to overstate the generosity of the musicians who offered their talents, the local businesses and donors who provided financial support, and the hundreds of music lovers who showed up and helped us reach our goal. Special thanks to Eddie’s Attic and their staff for hosting us for three days and of course to DCM for changing the lives of people in our community every day.”

Flint Hill Specials

The series was presented by Lenz, Inc., a Decatur advertising agency, and featured an impressive line-up of well-established local musicians including Matthew Kahler, Eliot Bronson, The District Attorneys, Tedo Stone, Arlington Priest, the Bitteroots, The Flint Hill Specials, Maria Gabriella, Chris Stalcup and the Grange, Ryan Flanagan, The Skipperdees, Spencer Smith, Kristen Englenz, and Mike Killeen and the Dregs. Many of the artists also contributed a song to the “Decatur: 2012” commemorative album, which raised additional funds.

In addition to three nights of music, this year’s event also included two packed Saturday afternoon concerts for families featuring Eric Litwin, the “guitar-strumming, book-writing, song-singing, national-award-winning” bestselling author of the Pete the Cat picture books.

“This money will enable DCM to help individuals and families facing homelessness here in Decatur,” said Beth Vann-Turnbull, Executive Director of Decatur Cooperative Ministry. “By providing such significant financial support, in addition to creating more public awareness of our mission, Poverty Is Real is equipping Decatur Cooperative Ministry to help roughly 200 households – more than 1,000 individuals – in our community find their way to a brighter future. We cannot thank them enough.”

In addition to Lenz, generous support for this Poverty is Real event came from the Barnes Law Group; Hall, Booth, Smith & Slover; Paste Magazine; Brick Store Pub; Leon’s Full Service; Eddie’s Attic; Pure; Chick Fil-A; Pyrofly; Little Shop of Stories; Core Landscape Group; the City of Decatur; and the Decatur Business Association.

This marks the third event for PIR, which was formed in early 2011. In addition to the 2011 show at Eddie’s Attic, PIR raised $7,500 for partner organization Whatever It Takes in Athens in December of last year.
Remaining 2012 PIR shows will be held in Asheville, North Carolina (September 8), Nashville, Tennessee (November 30 and December 1), and Athens, Georgia (December 7 and 8).

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