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Monday, May 27, 2024

Wilmington Strong: Free concert at Greenfield Lake will support local groups, honor first responders

Tickets are free, but donations are encouraged -- 100 percent of donations will go to local non-profits that have been working to help the recovery effort after Hurricane Florence.

The Wilmington Strong benefit concert will pass 100 percent of donations to local non-profits involved in the recovery effort after Hurricane Florence. (Port City Daily image | City of Wilmington)
The Wilmington Strong benefit concert will pass 100 percent of donations to local non-profits involved in the recovery effort after Hurricane Florence. (Port City Daily image | City of Wilmington)

WILMINGTON — There have been several benefit concerts in the wake of Hurricane Florence, but the City of Wilmington has announced the largest so far: a free concert for up to a thousand people, who can hopefully find a few dollars to donate while they enjoy the show.

The Wilmington Strong Concert will feature L Shape Lot, The Coastal Collective, Wilmington Reggae Responders, and other acts at the city’s Hugh Morton Amphitheater (more commonly known as the Greenfield Lake Amphitheater).

Video: Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo announces the Wilmington Strong benefit concert.

Tickets are free, available on a first-come, first-served basis; the venue seats around 1,000 people, and some space will be reserved for first responders, who will be VIP guests.

According to Tony McEwen, who is working to organize the show for the City of Wilmington, tickets will be available at the venue; McEwen said the city recommends showing up by 4 p.m. on the day of the concert — Saturday, October 13.

McEwen said 100 percent of the donations will be distributed to four local non-profits that assisted in the response to and recovery from Hurricane Florence; the donations will go through the United Way of the Cape Fear and be distributed to Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministries, the Salvation Army, Nourish NC, and the Food Bank of Eastern and Central North Carolina.

The concert will also honor local first responders, according to Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo.

The Wilmington Strong concert is being produced by 98.3 The Penguin, Port City Daily, the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Wilmington.

The concert will be held Saturday, October 13, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Greenfield Lake. Tickets are free, and donations will be accepted at the door. You can find the Facebook event page here.

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