Big Hearts Build Donations and Benefit Concerts
By Antwan Harris
Eyewitness News Reporter
SIGNAL MOUNTAIN, HAMILTON COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -- The members of the Mountain Cove Bluegrass Band say helping raise money for the Big Hearts build family is quite the honor.
It's not the entire band seen here, but the group has made quite a name for themselves, within the community.
They say playing music is their way of giving back.
"Chattanooga is a close knit community and we feel that anyone here is like family members," says Banjo player Cody Harvey.
They say playing concert after concert is just a small donation of what the bigger picture will be that is, helping change the lives of a deserving family. ABC's show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition will be in the area next week.
Mike Holloway on bass, says he never expected his music would change the lives of so many.
"This is just a small example of how playing music can help a family beyond measures," says Holloway.
With the long list of volunteers and equipment comes a cost.
Benefit coordinators says the money raised will go to the deserving family's current mortgage and materials.
The "Extreme" goal they've set is $200,000.
Julie Brown said the amount of dollar donations changes daily.
"All of the building materials will be donated and hopefully that cost is covered, but if not, we have to have a fund to support those shortfalls," says Brown.
Shortfalls that could fall back on the family.
From bluegrass to airwaves.
Ted Gocke with J-103 says a benefit concert for the food bank and family is a win-win for both.
He says the station looked for a way to be a small piece of the donation puzzle, but still have a big impact.
"It's just being able to help out and jump on board and to do what we need to do. That is why this concert is so huge," says Gocke.
For fundraising information visit the Big Hearts Build website at:
Our partners at J-103 will hold a benefit concert The Metro Tab Church on Hwy 153 at Airport Rd. February 18, 2011. The concert starts at 7pm. Headlining will be Echoing Angels.
Entry is 5 Non-perishable items.