Everyone involved and who heard about the recent furloughs for three out of six staffers at YouthPride was saddened, and ways to aide the cash crunch at the center for LGBT youth became a hot topic.
The Freedom Bands were ahead of the curve. Even before the furloughs, Sunday’s “Make the Yuletide Gay” holiday concert was set to share audience donations with YouthPride.
“I can’t imagine Atlanta without YouthPride,” AFB President Cliff Norris says in a press statement.
“All of us at Atlanta Freedom Bands strongly support our youth and the work YouthPride does in the community,” he adds. “We are so happy to offer our talents for such an important purpose at a time when the need for funding is so urgent.”
“Make the Yuletide Gay” concludes AFB’s 16th year. The show starts with the MetroGnomes Jazz Ensemble (right photo) and guest vocalists serving up swinging versions of holiday carols and favorite songs. One of the singers is Sydney Ellis Gaskins, whose talents have been featured at a number of Atlanta’s respected theatrical venues.
The second half of the concert features AFB’s Concert Band (top photo) with exciting selections from a number of different seasonal traditions. Check out the concert’s Project Q Atlanta calendar entry for a set list of both performances.
The suggested donation for admission to the concert is just $10. So rather than talking about how we respect YouthPride’s mission and how much we love the fact that gay band kids have a place to play when they grow up, join AFB in doing something about it and enjoy a holiday concert for your effort.