PENDER COUNTY – One Pender, the hurricane relief benefit concert, will feature Nashville rising star Lee Gantt for an afternoon and evening of music.
Born and raised in the heart of the Midwest, Lee Gantt is a singer/songwriter from Columbus, OH. His unique blend of old style country lyrics and new school country melodies are hallmarks of the Lee Gantt sound. Gritty, heartfelt lyrics with powerful driving melodies help to fortify the deep connection Lee has with his fans. Lee developed his style from a variety of influences including Jason Aldean, Garth Brooks, Eric Church, and Conway Twitty but primarily credits Kenny Chesney for inspiring him to become the writer and performer he is today.
“Gantt is a rising star,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency Management director. “He was quick to agree to come to Burgaw for the One Pender Hurricane Relief Concert. He will provide an entertaining show that will raise money for our Pender County families.” said Collins.
For the past 7 years Lee has been touring across the country performing in more than 25 states and opening for some of the biggest names in country music such as Chris Young, Dustin Lynch, Thompson Square, Phil Vassar, Love and Theft, Neal McCoy, Colt Ford, Easton Corbin and many more. Lee is also a regular member of the Nashville writing community.
Collins’ son, Brian, is the drummer for Gantt’s band.
The Greater Topsail Area Chamber of Commerce is taking a community leading role in the benefit concert. They have posted a donation button on their website for anyone who wants to donate to One Pender. The website is www.topsailchamber.org.
Local companies are encouraged to donate as well as residents who were not impacted by the storm.
To become a sponsor of One Pender, contact Olivia Dawson at 910-259-0311.
Prior to the concert, from 2-4 p.m. on Nov. 10, a VIP meet and greet with a meal will be served for all first responders and Pender County School staff who assisted during the hurricane.
“These are our Hurricane Heroes,” said Dr. Steven Hill, Pender County Schools Superintendent. “These are the people who came together during the storm to ensure the safety of our community – working in the shelters, conducting rescues, responding to emergencies. This is just one way we can say thank you.”
the VIP pre-concert dinner and meet and greet will be hosted by the Burgaw Fire Department, 109 N. Walker St. Admission for the general public is available for a minimum of $25 donation.
For more information or to donate, contact Olivia Dawson, Pender County Relief and Volunteer Coordinator, at 910-259-0311.