Local Bands Rock the Barn to Help the Homeless

Come out to beautiful Sinkland Farms for hip-swinging, booty-shaking, toe-stomping tunes served up by Southwest Virginia’s own talented performers to support the homeless and others in need. Shelter Fest 2017, a concert to benefit To Our House and United Way of the New River Valley, is set for Saturday, Aug. 26, in the Barn at Sinkland Farms on Riner Road in Christiansburg. Gates open at 5:30 pm and continuous music kicks off at 6 pm.

Headline performers include Bandunkafunk, playing Blue Ridge thunder funk/soul and offering up their unique take on the songs of their musical heroes, and Black Wax Rebellion, an Americana Rock-n-Roll foursome. Special guests include Radford’s West End, playing indie rock, and Blacksburg’s Cole Massey, performing acoustic alternative rock.

Food vendors are Till & Grill and Hethwood Market, and adult beverages will also be for sale. Purchase tickets online at unitedwaynrv.org or at Hethwood Market in Blacksburg for $16 or at the door for $20 (children under 12 get in for free). The event will be held rain or shine.

Proceeds from Shelter Fest 2017 will benefit To Our House, a program providing winter shelter for homeless men, and the United Way of Montgomery, Radford & Floyd.

To Our House, a New River Community Action (NRCA) program and a United Way agency, has provided temporary winter shelter to New River Valley homeless men for the past eight years thanks to collaborations with faith- and community-based organizations and volunteers. To Our House was formed in 2008 after the death of a Blacksburg homeless man, Teddy O. Henderson; the organization (TOH) adopted his initials. Since its inception, To Our House has sheltered more than 235 different men for a total of 6,613 bed nights. As a result of To Our House services and support, 72 men found more permanent housing and 53 found employment. More information on To Our House can be found at www.ToOurHouse.org or on Facebook.

United Way of Montgomery, Radford & Floyd unites local people and resources to improve lives in the New River Valley. Local United Way programs include: the New River Valley volunteer center, the annual Stuff the Bus program, Information and Referral services; federal emergency and food shelter program; financial, technical, and administrative assistance to non-profits; food and clothing drives; Christmas assistance programs; prescription discount cards; in-kind donation program. UWMRF provides financial support to 25 partner agencies, including To Our House. More information on UWMRF can be found at unitedwaynrv.org or on Facebook.

Event sponsors include Carilion Clinic, Thrivent Financial, Sinkland Farms and Shelter Alternatives.
For more information about Shelter Fest 2017, please go to www.unitedwaynrv.org or contact info@unitedwaynrv.org or (540) 381-2066