Jeff Tweedy performs at the Amplify concert series in April.
Photo: Courtesy of Amplify My Community
Photo: Courtesy of Amplify My Community

With assist from Jon Hamm, concerts raise $45K for DeKalb charity

A concert series in downtown Decatur raised $45,000 for a local nonprofit aimed at preventing poverty, organizers announced Monday.

Funds from the 2019 Amplify Decatur Concert Series, which ran April 12-14, supported Decatur Cooperative Ministry, which works to alleviate poverty and homelessness in Decatur and DeKalb County.

The centerpiece of the event, a day-long music festival in Decatur, featured gospel and soul luminary Mavis Staples and Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, as well as a number of other local and regional acts.

Acclaimed “Mad Men” actor Jon Hamm also did a Q&A as part of the event at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur.

The $45,000 donation is the largest gift Amplify has given DCM over the years; the concert series has raised a total of $235,000 for the organization since 2011.

The fourth-annual concert series was presented by Lenz, a Decatur-based marketing and advertising firm.

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“Funding and support from Amplify has helped DCM spread the word and shine the light during difficult times in the lives of our neighbors in need,” DCM Executive Director Marlene White said in a statement. “We look forward to our continued partnership to fight homelessness and hunger in our community.” 

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