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Morrow gearing up for ‘Concert for Care’ benefit

Photo by Curt Yeomans
Morrow Business and Tourism Association President Michael Twomey talks about the upcoming Concert for Care fundraiser for the Clayton County Family Care group, during a Jonesboro City Council meeting on Monday.

Photo by Curt Yeomans Morrow Business and Tourism Association President Michael Twomey talks about the upcoming Concert for Care fundraiser for the Clayton County Family Care group, during a Jonesboro City Council meeting on Monday.

Morrow officials have announced they are partnering with a local homeless intervention program to help fight homelessness in the county with a variety of sounds, ranging from big band jazz to hip hop.

The city is partnering with Clayton County Family Care — a Forest Park-based non-profit agency that works with low-income families with rent, mortgage and utilities needs —to host the Concert for Care fundraiser event next month. It is to raise money for Clayton County Family Care, so it can continue its work in the county.

Last year’s concert raised approximately $17,000 for Clayton County Family Care, according to Morrow’s top tourism official.

“It’s a wonderful event, and we’re trying to bring some nice culture over here,” said Morrow Business and Tourism Association President Michael Twomey, one of the event’s organizers. “The event is very well received, and I personally invite [everyone] to consider coming to our event.”

The concert is set to take place May 19, beginning at 7 p.m., in the amphitheater at the National Archives at Atlanta, located at 5780 Jonesboro Road in Morrow. The entertainment is scheduled to be provided by Robert Ray Productions, whose show will range in genres and time periods, from the 1940’s to the present, and from country music to pop.

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Photo by Curt Yeomans Morrow Mayor Joseph “J.B.” Burke challenges the Jonesboro City Council to donate $1,000 to the upcoming Concert for Care fundraiser that supports the Clayton County Family Care organization.

Twomey, Morrow Mayor Joseph “J.B.” Burke, and Clayton County Family Care Executive Director Janna Szeto are embarking on a tour of Clayton County’s other towns, in an effort to promote the event.

Their first stop was a visit to the Jonesboro City Council on Monday, where Burke challenged the city to donate $1,000 to support the group. He said he is issuing that same challenge to all of Clayton County’s cities.

“It’s just a good, right thing to do,” he said. “I fully believe in this. It’s not often that I throw 100-percent support behind something. I do it only if I really believe in it.”

Jonesboro’s leaders did not indicate if they were planning to accept Burke’s challenge, but City Council Member Pat Sebo endorsed the concert at the end of the presentation.

“I was very fortunate to attend the concert last year,” she said. “If you get a chance to attend, and are fortunate enough to purchase a ticket, it is a wonderful evening, and a great event. If you don’t have fun [at the concert], then it’s your own fault, because it’s really, really good.”

Twomey said the event is designed to emulate a Chastain Park Amphitheater-type atmosphere. He explained attendees are welcome to bring their own dinner to the concert, or they can call Anne and Bill’s Restaurant, in Forest Park, ahead of time and order a dinner.

The restaurant will offer a variety of dinner options, ranging from fried chicken entrees, to turkey bacon club sandwiches, to multiple types of salads, according to the Clayton County Family Care web site. The prices for the food range from $32 to $136, depending on what the dinner is, and how many people it is to serve. Orders must be placed by May 14, at 10 a.m., by calling the restaurant at (404) 366-4477.

Szeto said Clayton County Family Care, which is 50 years old, hopes to implement several initiatives from its strategic plan over the next three years — financial literacy programs, a work clothing closet, work ready programs, and helping fathers reconnect with their families.

“In the last decade, we’ve allocated $2.6 million to Clayton County residents,” Szeto said. “I can’t say enough about Mayor Burke’s, and Mike Twomey’s support of our organization. Without them, and without their support in providing needed events, we would not be where we are today.”

Concert tickets cost $45 per person. Anyone interested in buying tickets can call Clayton County Family Care, at (404) 366-5527, or the Morrow Business and Tourism Association, at (770) 968-1623.