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Rain fails to dampen jazz benefit
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Cloudy skies and rain didn’t stop the third annual Washington Street Community Center’s "Home Grown Jazz by the River Benefit Show" in Porterdale on Friday evening.

People came out holding umbrellas, folding chairs and coolers to attend the event. They made their way to the Porterdale Mill Lofts for an afternoon of relaxation and smooth jazz.

Bea Jackson, director of the community center said, "We don’t let Mother Nature put a damper on our evening of fun and music. This is a very important project for us and the community."

The Washington Street Community Center is a nonprofit community development corporation that promotes projects and programs designed to generate public awareness of problems affecting our community.

"We are here to encourage and influence young adults and seniors in our community," said Vender Maddox, board of directors.

"One positive way to do this is with music and we all love jazz," Jackson said.

The Daniel Jackson Review Band was the musical spotlight for tonight.

"Tonight’s about becoming a big brother and sister to our youth," Daniel Jackson said. "For those who have no one to look up to in life. It’s so important because they are our future."

The rain finally stopped as the music and people played on in Porterdale.

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