Close to 500 people came out for a benefit concert for the Gilmore Center held on July 26 at Bickley’s Lake. Those in attendance were treated to a fun evening of music provided by The Soul Purpose Band and the Grains of Sand and had a part in raising $2,550 for the center, which provides support and services to adults with developmental disabilities.
Gilmore Center Executive Director Jim Aaron stated he was very appreciative of the groups coming together to support the local organization and thanked everyone for coming out. He extended a special thanks to Dave Penn, an Upson County native and founder of The Soul Purpose Band, and George Hightower, Jr. for planning the event, as well as English’s Café, Piggie Park, Northside Drugs and Cherokee Pharmacy for helping to sell tickets.
“Overall it was an excellent night,” said Aaron. “No matter where you came from, it was worth the trip. I have not heard anything negative, everyone enjoyed the evening.”
Aaron stated the money raised will go towards offsetting the cost of the center’s funding which was cut last year by the county commissioners.
Ashley Biles can be reached by calling 706-647-5414 or on Twitter @AshleyBiles1