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Poverty Is Real is proud to announce the 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, starting at 7 p.m. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Urban Ministry Center.
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, Dead End Parking, Little District, and Yattitoo.
Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door, and are available at www.doubledoorinn.com/eventlist.aspx. The Double Door Inn is located at 1218 Charlottetowne Avenue.
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: www.urbanministrycenter.org.
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.
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!