While the novel coronavirus circles Metro Atlanta, V103 Atlanta has joined forces with the City of East Point to host a virtual benefit concert that residents can enjoy from home while honoring first responders and frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hosted by morning personality Big Tigger, the Feed the Heroes free benefit will stream on V103’s live stream and The City of East Point’s Facebook page on Aug. 19, at 5 p.m. This multi-hour, star-studded benefit concert will feature performances from Regina Belle, Ready for the World, Soul Cartel and headlining is American R&B group, Silk.

“The objective is to provide a dual mission that supports East Point small businesses (keeping them and their staff in business) and uplifting the spirits of those on the frontlines of the battle against COVID-19; as well as donating meals to first responders and frontline workers,” explained a spokesperson for the event. “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and as our nation frontline workers work to contain the spread of COVID-19 and save lives, a need for community morale uplift is necessary.”

For the event, the City of East Point will be partnering with local small businesses to deliver free meals to frontline COVID-19 employees, essential workers, and other people in need, while also supporting local restaurants. The city’s hope with this initiative is to strengthen the state of mind of those who need it most in the community by helping each other amid the COVID-19 hardship.

In addition to supporting small businesses, organizers said that first responders and frontline workers will be celebrated for their heroicness, fearlessness, and drive to save the lives of East Point citizens. As of July 30, 2020, recent reports indicate that Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center South had 99 patients hospitalized with as much as 65 percent of those patients having COVID-19 diagnoses.

All tax-deductible donations from the virtual show will go to Feed the Heroes and administered by naacpatlanta.org. Donations from the public will have a double impact with 100 percent of proceeds helping a small business while also supporting the mission of delivering free meals to those in need.

 

Radio personality Big Tigger will host a benefit concert sponsored by V-103 Atlanta and the City of East Point. (Marshall A. Latimore / The Atlanta Voice)

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