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Rock the Ark Benefit Concert Thursday Night

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An Athens nonprofit is celebrating a milestone anniversary with a benefit concert.

The Ark United Ministry Outreach Center in Athens is holding the Rock the Ark Benefit Concert to celebrate 30 years in the Classic City. Performers include Otis Redding the 3rd, Sam Burchfield and Kara Waters, along with several Athens musicians. Director Lucy Hudgens says proceeds will support the Ark’s mission.

“The Ark provides emergency financial assistance for low-income working families. We help with rent and utilities when a family or individual who is working has suffered from an unexpected expense and find themselves in a financial crisis,” Hudgens says. “Essentially, we are a safety net in that we try to prevent working families from falling into homelessness, losing utilities; keeping them stable.”

The concert is tomorrow at the Foundry from 7 to 10 pm. Terrell Moore says the concert is a great way to have fun while helping others.

“It’s a great way to raise not only funds to help folks in Athens who need help but to raise awareness of what the ark does and has done very well for 30 years,” Moore says.

Tickets are $20 at www.thefoundryathens.com or $25 day of. Doors open at 6 pm tomorrow evening.

Moore also wants furloughed federal workers in the Athens area to contact the Ark if they need emergency assistance.

“With what’s been going on with the government shutdown, we want to let government employees who are furloughed and have just missed their first paycheck to know that we’re here,” Moore said.

Visit www.athensark.org for more information.

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