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$1170 - That's Some Serious Real Change

Bobby Funk of Semi-Formal. Photo by Agatha Donkar of brand new kind of photography.For the third year in a row Bobby Funk (Program Director here at CHDP) has hosted a very unique benefit show at LOCAL 506. He picks two famous bands – for last week’s show it was REM vs U2- and then gathers several local bands and musicians to play a show covering their songs. In years past the shows have pitted Bob Dylan vs Tom Petty, and Bruce Springsteen vs Neal Young.

Last Friday night the show brought together The Magnolia Collective, Birds & Arrows with Gray Young, Tripp, Big Fat Gap, Mary Johnson Rockers & the Spark, and Semi-Formal . Each covered their chosen songs, and each had a really unique sound.

Every year Bobby picks a local nonprofit or cause to receive the proceeds from the show. This year he picked Real Change from Spare Change ( – an initiative of the Downtown Partnership.

On Friday together we raised $1170.

Real Change from Spare Change has a three-fold mission:

1) Drive the message to downtown visitors & patrons to NOT give money directly to panhandlers;

2) Raise funds for street outreach work through Housing for New Hope;

3) Educate the community on homelessness issues.

Although $1170 may not seem like a lot of money – when it comes to basic human needs - $1170 is a serious amount of spare change that will positively affect peoples lives.  All of the money raised through Real Change – goes  towards helping homeless men and women, who have mental health issues, get off the streets and into a healthier life style and permanent homes.

More specifically - outreach workers will use the $1170 to pay the $20 cost per appointment at Piedmont Health Clinic to get medical & dental treatments; they’ll use it to purchase clothing like socks and underwear (just imagine not having clean underwear – that’s perspective for you!); they’ll buy their clients pillows and blankets so that when they walk off of Franklin Street and into their own apartment  - it will have a clean bed waiting for them. 

It will be the first bed that they have slept in for many years. 

Real Change from Spare Change needs you – so get involved today (is it a New Year’s resolution perhaps?).  Here are some fun and unique suggestions for how to help us continue to raise funds for street outreach.  Make a secure online donation today – all donations are tax deductible.

Thank you Bobby, Glenn at LOCAL 506, and all of the musicians  - for making a Real Change in our community!

If you missed the show – check out these fantastic pics by local photographer Agatha Donkar at Donkar is known around here for her brilliant photographs taken at concerts and local music venues.