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Two-Band Concert Benefits Pottstown Homeless

Members of the band Just For Kicks will headline a Feb. 3 concert in Pottstown to benefit programs for the homeless

POTTSTOWN PA – A second annual “Welcome Home” concert to benefit an organization that provides meals, shelter, and services to local homeless individuals is scheduled to be held Feb. 3 (2018; Saturday) from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Connections On High, 238 E. High St. Tickets are being sold now online at Eventbrite, and also will be available at the door for $10 each.

The family-friendly pop music concert will provide financial assistance to The Ministries At Main Street, which operates in the borough and runs a drop-in shelter serving the needs of the homeless. It is being organized by students from The Hill School, the Pottstown School District, and Montgomery County Community College, all part of an initiative called “Pottstown CARES,” in a collaborative effort to make a “direct impact” on the community, they said.

“This inspirational student-driven event,” according to a media release, feature two bands: Andy’s Two Dollar Bills, which will play from 7:30-8:15 p.m.; and the headline band, Just for Kicks, takes the stage to perform at 8:30 p.m. Both are donating their time to the cause.

Just for Kicks is a regional professional band that plays rock and pop covers. The Hill School group, Andy’s Two Dollar Bills, is part of a Pottstown Music Collaborative that “is a developing, dynamic band of musicians from the Pottstown community, all focused on bringing people together through the power of sound,” founder Bill Robertson said.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Free parking is available in the New York Plaza lot behind Connections On High, and on East High and adjacent streets.

Food will be available for sale from local vendors, with all sale proceeds benefiting the cause. Beverly’s Pastry Shop of Pottstown will provide cookies and cupcakes; and Argento’s of Pottstown will provide pizza.

Pottstown CARES (Community, Awareness, Responsibility, Education, and Sustainability) was conceived in the Spring 2013 as a result of conversations between former Borough Manager Mark Flanders, then-Pottstown School Superintendent Dr. Jeff Sparagana, and Hill School Headmaster Zachary Lehman. They envisioned a project to “spruce up” a designated area in the core of Pottstown while boosting community pride.

Montgomery County Community College’s West Campus joined the CARES planning team in 2014, and Lowes in North Coventry and the Tri-County Chamber of Commerce joined in 2016. Since its creation, Pottstown CARES has conducted numerous fall and spring neighborhood improvement projects, including several joint endeavors with Habitat for Humanity.

In addition to the Welcome Home concert, CARES students initiated a Shop TriCounty effort to encourage patronage of local businesses, a literacy program with Little Free Libraries being staged throughout town, massive cleanup events that are accomplished by student teams in the fall and spring, along with volunteer efforts to shovel snow in the winter and tend community garden spaces in the summer.

The CARES student leadership team is comprised of students from The Hill School, Pottstown School District, Perkiomen Valley School District, and Montgomery County Community College. Students serving on the team were appointed based on their leadership skills and desire to serve the community in a meaningful and positive way.

Anya Gupta is a member of Hill’s Class of 2018 and the primary student leader for this event. She and student leaders of Pottstown CARES said they selected The Ministries on Main Street as the concert beneficiary because they wanted to have a direct impact in Pottstown. The students “are passionate about making a tangible difference in our community,” Gupta said. “We want to show our compassion for people who are struggling, yet want to make their home here in the Pottstown area.”

Kork Moyer, director at Ministries At Main Street, said he has his “eye on this next generation. They are doing some amazing things in our community and give us all hope for a brighter future.” Contributions from this event will be used to provide housing subsidies and transitional housing for homeless in our Pottstown community,” Moyer added. “We are overwhelmed with gratitude to be part of such a meaningful event.”

Individuals or organizations interested in Pottstown CARES can contact Katie Scanlan at kscanlan@thehill.org for more information.

Photo from the Just For Kicks band via Facebook

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