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CARE benefit raises money for scholarships
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Come Saturday, May 2, the Tiger Bragg Band will play a benefit concert at the Porterdale Memorial Gymn, 2201 Main Street, to raise money for the Community Assistance Relief Effort (CARE) scholarship fund.

Scholarships will be awarded to qualified Porterdale students attending the Newton College and Career Academy (NCAA) to help with college expenses, such as tuition, books and fees.

Originally founded in 2008, CARE helped Porterdale residents who might need temporary assistance. That help could include paying utility bills or providing food, “anything to help the Porterdale residents,” said Linda Finger, a member of the CARE Committee and Porterdale City Council member.

Last year, she said, the board decided to turn their attention to establishing a scholarship fund.

“We decided it would be more advantageous to the city if we invested in the future,” she said. “We felt helping kids with continuing education would be a good way to do that. If we’re helping the children, that in turns helps the parents, and in turn, that helps the city.

“It radiates out,” she said.

Finger said they hope to be able to award multiple scholarships this year, and, depending on the amount of money raised, each would be for $1,000. Scholarships will be awarded based on the applicants’ GPA and an essay about their future plans and continuing education. Each applicant will also meet with the CARE Committee.

The concert will be the second event held to benefit the scholarship fund, she said. A fish fry held earlier this year raised almost $1,000.

“[The concert] will be a fun time,” she said. “Make it a family event and come out and enjoy while helping our kids go to college.”

The Tiger Bragg Band performs a wide variety of classic and southern rock, and classic country. Joining the band will be duos Dustin Bragg and Will Brooks, and Ann Biggers McCart and Leeanne Marie Blankenship performing as the Wyldflowers.

Doors open at 7 p.m, and the event starts at 8 p.m. Concert goers are encouraged to bring blankets and picnics. Tickets are $10 in advance; $15 at the door. Children 11 and under get in free. Tickets can be purchased by calling Finger at (678) 859-2496, from any CARE member or at Stylin' At the Mill, 2116 Main St, Porterdale.