Hammer Jam benefit scheduled

Aug 14, 2015

By Brad McEwen, Albany Herald

ALBANY — For the fourth year in a row, supporters of Flint River Habitat for Humanity will get together for a rocking good time for a good cause at next weekend’s Hammer Jam.

The concert, which is one of the local Habitat chapter’s largest fundraising events, is specifically designed this year to raise funds for and heighten awareness of the organization’s veteran’s support programs.

“This year is very important because the entire event is focusing on supporting our veterans’ program in Dougherty and Lee counties,” said Flint River Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Jennifer Vanston. “Our main goal is to raise awareness in the community about those programs.”

Vanston said that this year’s Hammer Jam is moving to a new venue, Merry Acres Inn and Event Center, which she believes will add to the fun.

“I really want to recognize Merry Acres,” said Vanston. “They’ve been so wonderful to work with. This year is going to be the best Hammer Jam yet.”

 Albany's Relapse is playing Hammer Jam for the second year in a row Aug. 22. (Staff Photo: Brad McEwen)

As is the case every year, the main draw at the event is going to be live music, and Vanston said she is especially excited about this year’s lineup. For the second year in a row, Albany’s Relapse will entertain the crowd with their mix of classic rock, soul and R&B, and will be joined by country music standout and rising star Faith Jackson, who is making her first Hammer Jam appearance.

“I’m so excited to bring the band back home to play for everybody in (the Albany/Leesburg area),” said Jackson. “We plan on having a great time, and it will be a sight to see so many faces that I haven’t seen in a while. We’re looking forward to joining the other bands and collaborating to raise money for such a great cause in our community.”

Also slated to perform at Hammer Jam are crowd favorites Stephen Harrel and the Dusty Boots Band, and one of the area’s most popular groups, the Bo Henry Band.

“It’s definitely going to be a good time,” said band namesake Bo Henry. “Flint River Habitat is such an important organization that does great things for our community, and we’re really excited to get to support that work.”

In addition to the live music, Hammer Jam will have both silent and live auctions featuring a professional auctioneer.

Vanston said the auctions will include more than 50 different items, including hunting packages, a trip to Panama City, a trip to the Bahamas and a .22 rifle.

“We’ve got a lot of great items,” said Vanston. “We’ll also have a raffle, a 50/50 raffle and lots of other giveaways.”

Things like the entertainment, food and giveaways would not be possible, however, if not for members of the community and beyond getting behind the event.

“We’ve had amazing support from individuals and businesses through the community and even outside of it,” said Vanston.

Some of the event’s main sponsors include Toyota/Kia of Albany, Southern Point Staffing, CTSI, Procter & Gamble, Wells Fargo, Fox31 News and The Albany Herald.

Individuals tickets to the event are $25, and tables for four and six are also available, as well as tents to accommodate 10 people. To purchase tickets or to learn more about Flint River Habitat for Humanity and its programs, visit www.flintriverhabitat.org or call (229) 446-8199. Tickets are also available at the the Flint River Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Merry Acres Inn and Event Center, CTSI and Harvest Moon.

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