Ten bands, ten bucks, hoping to raise $10,000… and stew!

Last year, the “Give-A-Jam to End Homelessness” raised $8,500. This year’s event will be held Thur., Dec. 20 at 6 p.m. the Clifton Center. Musicians featured include, John Gage, Justin Lewis, Hog Operation, Scott Carney, Andrea Davidson, Tyrone Cotton, Beady, Joan Shelley & Anna Krippenstapel, Mike Tracy & Friends, Stephen Mattingly, Will King, and several unannounced guests.

The event will also feature soups and stews donated from local restaurants including The Irish Rover, Proof on Main, Taco Punk, and The Silver Dollar.

The musicians are also donating their time and talent, and the event will be staffed by volunteers to ensure that all proceeds will benefit the Coalition for the Homeless’s Coalition’s Rx: Housing Program. The goal of the Rx: Housing campaign is to house the most vulnerable homeless persons in the city.

“Give-A-Jam” is the brainchild of John and Natalie Harris, the husband and wife team who are organizing the event along with the help of many friends and supporters. John is the Executive Director of the Clifton Center, and Natalie is the Executive Director of The Coalition for the Homeless.

According to Natalie Harris, “The Rx: Housing project gives us a real opportunity to have an impact on homelessness in our community, and the Give-A-Jam is a great way for people to get involved in making the project a success. Whether it’s one of the musicians giving their time and talent on stage, the volunteer serving the soup, or the patron who buys a ticket, we can all make a contribution.”

There will also be a silent auction and a cash bar. The event is still taking donations for the auction; if you’d like to donate an item or service click here for a downloadable auction donation form or, for more information, contact Merritt Gill at [email protected] or 636-9550 extension 16 .

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door, at cliftoncenter.org, or at Carmichael’s Book Store, 2720 Frankfort Avenue. For more information call(502) 636-9550.

ABOUT Rx: Housing

Rx: Housing is Louisville’s initiative as part of the national 100K Homes campaign. During a 3-day “registry” on September 19, 20, and 21, 2011, 100 community volunteers went out in teams of four early in the morning to interview homeless people sleeping on the streets of Louisville and to identify those in greatest need. As a result, fifty-six people have been moved from the streets to housing thanks to this fabulous community partnership. The partnership was possible due to the work of a diverse group of leaders and financial and in-kind support from local individuals and businesses. The goal of the Rx: Housing campaign is to house the most vulnerable homeless persons on the streets of Metro Louisville. Research, including a University of Louisville study from 2006, shows that this segment of the homeless population is the most costly to our systems, including homeless services, hospitals and jails. In addition, members of this group are the most likely to die on the streets and the most visible in our downtown community. Visit the Coalition for the Homeless website for more information at www.louhomeless.org.

ABOUT The Clifton Center

The Clifton Center, located at 2117 Payne Street, is an historic facility that serves as a gathering place for art, culture and ideas that enrich our community. Housed in a renovated former school building, the Center is home to the studios of artists Martin Rollins and Lucretia Beatty, and Ballet Arts and Yuric-Amari Dance studios. Several non-profit organizations also make their homes at the Clifton Center.