Alan Jackson Concert Draws Thousands, Raises Funds

By: Bailey Disselkoen Email
By: Bailey Disselkoen Email

Smithfield Donation

One of the concert's sponsors, Smithfield Packing Company, Inc, announced at Sunday's concert that they will be donating 120,000 fresh meals to the FeedMore Food Bank.

The bank is run in Richmond, but serves the Mineral food pantry.  After the August earthquake, the pantry's stockpile was depleted.

"These are people that have been our customers," said Dennis Pittman, the Smithfield Communications Director. "Their parents have been our customers and to be able to feed people is something that is so near and dear to the heart of Smithfield."

After months of planning and anticipation, six thousand people packed into the parking lot of Louisa County High School Sunday night for the free Alan Jackson Concert.

The Town of Mineral won a free concert last October through a contest run by

"After the earthquake and we all suffered all this damage, a lot of people started voting for this city, even if they weren't from the city," said Jackson during the concert. Mineral won with more than 30,000 votes.

"It just shows you what kind of people are in America that take care of things like this when they need to, we are glad we got to come here to Mineral, Virginia," said Jackson.

Sunday's concert was about more than just the music. All of the proceeds from Music for Mineral, the Aftershock of Hope will go to the Louisa Education Foundation. And officials say a total of $152,500 was raised.

"We are just totally overwhelmed and overjoyed," said Ava Pippin, the foundation's director. "We need so much, FEMA has helped, insurance will help but it wont pay the full bill."

Concert goers say while the money is needed, the concert also serves to strengthen a recovering community.

"It has really brought this community back together, the economy has made it really tough on these rural community's," said Karen Sowers, a Louisa County resident. "People love Alan Jackson and for him to come out and for us to win a contest against other big cities is amazing."

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