By Neha Negandhi
Callanwolde Fine Arts Center’s Salute to America and the Arts concert, held on Sept. 11, raised funds for its veterans’ programs and arts scholarship.
In its first year, the intimate concert event in the Callanwolde Amphitheatre kicked off with local favorite Michelle Malone’s rousing edition of the “Star Spangled Banner” followed by opening act, Chelsea Shag. Native Georgian and leader singer of Jefferson Starship, Mickey Thomas, headlined the performance alongside bandmates Jeff Carlisi of .38 Special, Jeff Adams of Survivor, Richard Smith and Peter Stroud. They rocked the house with classic hits like “Hold on Loosely,” “We Built This City,” “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” and “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now.” Orchestrating the benefit was Callanwolde’s executive director, Peggy Still Johnson who said, “This is a fitting September 11th event because it allows musicians to pay tribute and raise funds to help veterans.”
The VIP after party included a silent auction and offered guests a chance to mingle with the artists and performers. Chatting with party patrons, Thomas said that it’s “thrilling and humbling to showcase our craft for those that fought and served for our nation.” Event proceeds specifically will enrich the center’s veteran yoga rehabilitation program as well as build the scholarship fund.
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