ALBANY, N.Y. – Proceeds from a Bret Michaels, Charlie Daniels Band and Marshall Tucker concert coming to Albany on May 31 will benefit a local Soldier On project.
The concert, to be held at the TU Center, will help raise funds in order to build a housing center at the site of the former Ann Lee Home.
Solider On will be spear-heading the building project, and President and CEO Jack Downing hopes to include a campus at the site with housing, treatment services and job placement assistance for area vets.
Downing says these services are needed more than ever with the downsizing in the military and increasing homelessness among vets.
It will cost about $25 to $30 million, so to get the project started, a portion of that sales from tickets sold for the May 31st concert will be donated to Soldier On. Tickets go on sale on Saturday, November, 23.
The concert will be preceded by a daylong street festival in front of the TU Center from noon to 6 p.m. There will be live music from local favorites Skeeter Creek, EB Jeb and No2 Band. The festival will also feature a custom motorcycle show, bike builders and "The ride for Soldier On," a motorcycle parade raising awareness to the cause.
Just over a year ago Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy and Soldier On President and CEO John Downing announced that the organization's new Albany County Veterans Resources Center in Colonie would open.
Solider On has been recognized as a leader in the region for its mission of service. Since its first grant award of $12.7 million in 2011, Soldier On has served more than 2,200 homeless and at-risk veterans, spouses and children in New York and New Jersey.