WHAT: Thrive’s fourth annual Bids & Blues fundraiser, featuring Mac Arnold
WHERE: The Cove at Highland Lake
WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 13, 2-6 p.m.
WHY: “Everyone feels blue at some point in their life, and music is one of many ways to cope,” says Kristen Martin, executive eirector of mental health organization Thrive. “We like to connect blues music to our mission as a way to reduce stigma and promote advocacy.”
Accordingly, music veteran Mac Arnold and his band Plate Full O’ Blues plus special guest Eric Congdon will headline the nonprofit’s fourth annual Bids & Blues outdoor event. The featured artist’s resume recalls his varying roles alongside icons like James Brown (who was a member of Arnold’s first band), Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker.
“All funds raised go directly to support the individuals we serve in living a happy, healthy and productive life,” Martin explains, noting that one of Thrive’s programs was recently cut due to lack of funds. “Thrive’s role in the Henderson County area is to assist adults with mental health symptoms to move from surviving to thriving. Thrive supports adults with a mental health diagnosis [as they] obtain employment, volunteer experience, independent living [arrangements], and social and coping skills.”
Event tickets include a catered picnic by local chef Lark Lindsey, complimentary drinks from Sierra Nevada and MetroWines, and participation in a live auction. Plus, Martin notes: “The Cove at Highland lake provides a beautiful scenic view of the lake. … It’s a great night that supports a wonderful cause!”
Bids & Blues tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for children ages 6-12 and free for children younger than 6. They are available at thrive4health.org or by calling 697-1581.