The Charleston Mayors’ Commission on Affordable Housing and the Palmetto Project organized the 2nd annual Homeless to Hope Fund Benefit Concert on August 25th at the Charleston Gaillard Center. Humanities Foundation’s President, Tracy Doran, was presented with The Homeless to Hope Award for her many years of dedication in addressing homelessness and affordable housing. “The Homeless to Hope Award is given annually to an individual who has made enduring contributions to impact homelessness and affordable housing. With the impeccable reputation and impact Humanities Foundation has made in providing 2500+ affordable housing units over the past 30 years, and their dedication to holistic programming to help improve the quality of life for their residents, we knew that there was no better selection than Tracy Doran as the 2019 Homeless to Hope Award Honoree,” Sandy Morckel, CEO, In Place Impact Charleston and President of Solutions for the Greater Good.
The uplifting musical celebration included Lowcountry Hall of Fame inductees Blue Dogs, soulful vocalist Zandrina Dunning and BlackNoyze Band, percussive Americana Rock band Rene Russell and the Bottom End, the College of Charleston Choir, Charleston Symphony Chorus and the Taylor Festival Choir. In addition, special musical appearances were made by Charleston Mayor Tecklenburg and Mount Pleasant Mayor Haynie. All proceeds support the Homeless to Hope Fund created by Palmetto Project and the Mayors’ Commission on Homelessness and Affordable Housing to provide financial support for rent security and utility deposits or other barriers to help people to obtain housing through a network of service providers.
The Lowcountry musicians and mayors entertained with songs such as “The Weight” by The Band, “Over the Rainbow,” dance worthy tributes to Stevie Wonder and an anthem song specially written for the cause, “What Kind” by Rene Russell. Mayor Tecklenburg sparked his talents on piano and performed solo “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” by Randy Newman. Charleston local artists presented paintings, sculptures, and poetry which explored creations of hope and homelessness through an art exhibit, “Onward and Upward.” Raffle tickets were sold for a chance to win VIP tickets and backstage passes to the Hootie & the Blowfish Group Therapy Concert and a guitar signed by musical legends Edwin McCain, Darius Rucker and many more. Prior to the Honoree Award presentation, the audience watched a moving video, produced by Bell Digital Media, highlighting Tracy’s wholehearted contributions to addressing homelessness, creating solutions such as affordable housing and extended efforts in providing services to relieve stresses of those in need for a better quality of life. The finale included all musicians performing together.
In Rene Russell’s anthem song, she sings “What kind of kind will you be?” The Benefit Concert resembled a strong community. Collaboratively joining together with acts of kindness to support a cause and raise awareness and means to help Charleston’s homeless population. The evening was one of a kind.
To learn more about the Homeless to Hope Fund or to make a donation visit: www.homelesstohopefund.org, or simply text H2HOPE to 44-321.