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Solid Gold Concert to help devastated charity

By Johnny Jackson

jjackson@henryherald.com

Helping in His Name Ministries, Inc., Food Pantry stands to benefit from the help of an entire community, according to organizers of The 60s-Solid Gold Concert, which will be held in McDonough on Saturday.

On Sept. 16, thieves stole the Stockbridge food pantry's 25-foot box truck, which was filled with about 6,500 pounds of food. The truck was found empty about a week later in Atlanta. The pantry lost about $13,000 in food and supplies, including baby diapers and children's toys.

"We like to think of it as a concert for a good cause," said Linda Walker, co-founder of Really Big Productions, Inc., the company producing one of the three partial-benefits to be held this weekend.

Beginning on Friday night is a concert by Mother's Finest at the new Jason T. Harper Event Center at Heritage Park in McDonough. At 9 a.m., on Saturday, there will be a Blue Line Charity Classic Car & Cycle Show.

The "Sounds of the 60s - Solid Gold" concert will be held later Saturday and will feature Gary Puckett, of Union Gap fame, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, and The Grass Roots.

During the concert, there will be a "drop off" location for donations to the food pantry. Concert-goers are asked to bring a canned-food donation or other non-perishable food items to help support the pantry. The pantry has a client list of roughly 530 area families, and the list is growing. So far this year, the pantry has served more than 24,000 needy people in the area.

"It's going to be wonderful," said Pantry Director Donna Crumbley, who is hopeful that local residents will turnout and deliver. "We're hoping we're going to get a good draw. We're looking forward to getting a replenishment from this event. We don't have any food on the shelves. Our shelves have been bare since [the auto theft]. I hope Henry County turns out."

The pantry - now looking to replace the $15,000 truck that was heavily damaged during the theft - has been receiving some monetary and in-kind assistance from several local churches and ministries.

"The churches are really helping us, but we still need help," Crumbley said. "We're really thankful, praising the Lord for what he's done for us."

Saturday night's event will also involve a silent auction that starts at 4 p.m., when the gates open. The concert starts at 6 p.m., and will go on rain or shine, according to organizers.

A portion of the ticket sales from Saturday's concert will go toward Connecting Henry, Inc., a social-service, non-profit, community-collaborative organization that unites various groups in the area to better the lives of children and families in Henry County. Connecting Henry plans to use its portion of the proceeds to help support its Community Christmas for Needy Families Program, which serves hundreds of needy families each year.

Some of the proceeds from Friday's concert will go toward The Sheriff's Deputy Honor Guard as well. An organization within the Henry Sheriff's Office, the Honor Guard seeks to help the families of law enforcers in the county who have been killed in the line of duty.

All three events, taking place on Friday and Saturday, will be held at 101 Lake Dow Road, in Heritage Park in McDonough. McDonough Mayor Billy Copeland will make an appearance at the events center on Saturday.

"I would like to invite all of our citizens to a night of 60s music at Heritage Park that will benefit the works of Connecting Henry and help support the Helping in His Name Food Pantry," Copeland said. "This is an exciting opportunity to enjoy an evening with family and friends for a good cause."

Tickets for the concert will cost $67 for VIP seats, $30 for premium seats, and $20 for general admission. They are available through the Henry County Parks and Recreation Department, by calling, (770) 288-7300; through the McDonough Welcome Center, by calling, (770) 898-9311; and through the Ticket Alternative web site, at www.TicketAlternative.com.

Those with questions about the events, may contact Linda Walker at (770) 957-0768.

"We're hoping it will be a total blow out," added Connecting Henry Executive Director Denese Rodgers. "Mother's Finest, they rocked Georgia in the 70s and 80s."

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On the net:

Really Big Productions: www.reallybigproductionsinc.com