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Sept. 14 - Friends of Statts Fundraiser Enters 10th Year on Sept. 29

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Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

September 14, 2018 - 10 years have passed since Savannah resident and SCAD graduate Jason Statts was seriously wounded when an armed robber shot him near his Ardsley Park home. Statts remains a quadriplegic as a result of his injuries and on Saturday, Sept. 29, his friends will host the 10th Annual Friends of Statts fundraiser with two different events. Proceeds from the events benefit Statts, who is unable to move except for limited use of his arms and hands.

Friends of Statts is an energetic convergence of live music, art, camaraderie and fun and features varieties of music at two different events and locations on Sept. 29. From 3-7 p.m. that day, The Rail Pub, 405 W. Congress Street, will feature live outdoor music and a silent auction. Music varies from light alt-rock and country performers such as Joe Nelson & James Pittman, Damon and the Sh*tkickers, Bottles & Cans, and The Train Wrecks.

The second fundraiser event on Sept. 29 is Statts After Dark at The Jinx, 127 W. Congress Street, from 8 p.m. until closing. Statts After Dark’s nighttime festival segment is mostly metal, featuring SheHeHe, Nancy Druid and (coming out of retirement for this event only,) GAM.  

Tickets can be purchased at the door at each venue for $20 per person. Daytime ticket purchases can be used for both events.

“Jason has always been an amazing friend, musician and artist,” said John Collenberger. “And it feels only natural for us to keep doing and growing this event. It lets us honor and give back to him.” 

The brainchild of longtime peers (through Statts’ many associations as a 1996 alumnus of SCAD, a professional art director, illustrator, and local musician), the inaugural Friends of Statts event was held at The Jinx in 2009. Over the years FOS has rallied in various venues and formats, but the essence is always the same: On this occasion in Savannah, we’re all Friends of Statts.

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