A-Town Get Down has announced the postponement of the 2019 arts and music festival. The organization will take a recovery year after the shooting of founder and producer Tom Townsend in September.
A fundraising event for the Alex Townsend Memorial Foundation is scheduled for June 29 in the ballroom of American Legion Post 135, 1101 Bull St.
In September, Townsend was involved in an attempted carjacking and shot in the neck near his home in St. Louis. With a talented and dedicated team of doctors, his life was saved but he suffered severe damage to his jaw. Through several surgeries and continued rehabilitation, Townsend is recovering and acknowledges the support of his friends, family and community both in St. Louis and Savannah.
“The support from the Savannah community has been extraordinary and heartfelt," he said. "The love and support we have experienced over the last few months is a shining example of why Alex loved Savannah so much and why we will always try to give back to those who gave so much to us.”
The June fundraiser will benefit the foundation in its mission to increase community access to the arts. This event will be an homage to the mission of the festival and include live music, art and more.
“A-Town Get Down has had such a positive impact on the creative community over the years," said Mike English, senior vice president of Queensborough National Bank & Trust Co., a headlining sponsor of the festival. "I have personally experienced some defining moments as a musician and a family man because of the opportunities the festival brings to Savannah.
"During a much-needed recovery period for the Townsends, we, in collaboration with W Projects, will be hosting a fundraiser in A-Town’s name in order to show the Townsends and the foundation that Savannah appreciates all they have done for us.”
Meanwhile, Townsend has spent his recuperation time at home exploring music as a healing force. “The Healing Sessions” are available for viewing here.
A-Town Get Down Festival is an annual event that helps establish and remind the community that arts education, community involvement and partnerships are an intrinsic component of the healthy development and growth of a city.
More information will be announced closer to the date of the fundraiser and will be available at atowngetdown.org. To participate in the fundraiser, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.