Rock the Chains Battle of the Bands Benefit Concert was a huge success. The event raised $7,500 for the International Justice Mission's new building in Nashville that will house recently rescued slavery victims. Kelsie Overton, a Brentwood High School senior, was just as excited that all 500 participants took a seat at intermission and heard the facts about modern day slavery. Around 166 letters were written to senators and congressman asking them to make themselves aware of this problem and take a stand against this horrible epidemic. This is a real problem and it's right here in Nashville. Kelsie passes the reigns to Kendall Gilfillan next year and she has some big shoes to fill!
The top three bands were 1) Philadelphia Project, 2) American Underground, and 3) Don't Tell Haley. The first two bands will perform at Rocket Town and the third band will perform at Borders Bookstore Cafe. Great job abolitionists!
Update on 50,000 Pairs in 50 Days: The Soles 4 Souls shoe drive by the JulianSmith.tv campaign. Their website indicates they have 14,416 pairs of shoes donated with only sixteen days left in the campaign. Check out their site and make a difference: http://www.50000shoes.com/index.html .
Update on Not Your Average Garage Sale: My friend Jackie and some of her friends held a garage sale to raise money for sending care packages to African children in preparation for their winter. Jackie says, "We made $1000.00 for missions. I have $500.00 for South Africa and sent $500.00 to Harvest Hands. It was worth the work, for sure!" Well done, my friends!