Love For Love City fundraiser Dec. 10 at Flora-Bama
The Flora-Bama will host a Dec. 10 fundraiser for a cause that is very close to the heart of co-owner John McInnis. As president of Kenny Chesney’s Love For Love City Foundation, McInnis has been traveling to St. John and Jost Van Dyke to oversee relief efforts in the aftermath of September’s Hurricane Irma, leading a team tasked with providing relief to the Virgin Islands and Jost Van Dyke, a small island that is part of the British Virgin Islands. Missions to supply emergency supplies from the U.S. mainland to the Virgin Islands have been ongoing.
The Flora-Bama fundraising event, slated from 1-4 p.m. under the big tent, includes live music, food, an auction and a raffle for a trip for two (tickets, hotel, gas card & dinner) to a future Kenny Chesney concert. Only 200 tickets at $50 each will be available for that raffle.
Love for Love City was created to channel the right kind of relief to the people who truly need the help, according to Chesney.
“We are partnering with local charities, with a focus on St. John, to identify needs, create transport for materials, make sure help goes where it’s crucial – and to ensure the resources get to the people rebuilding,’ Chesney said on the non-profit’s website
“Planeloads of food, water, tools, tarps, generators, medical supplies, and clothing have already been delivered. We recognize this process is ongoing; not just weeks or months, but years are going to be required to restore the island. Love for Love City is about the sustained effort to support St. John and the entire Virgin Islands.’’
“By this winter, some of the key places that everybody loves will be back up and running again,’’ McGinnis said on the website.
“There will be places for people to stay and plenty to do. The beaches and water will be as beautiful and clean as ever. The atmosphere, the place and, most importantly, the people that everyone fell in love with, will be back to an enjoyable state and ready for visitors.
“From there, its just a matter of fixing the power grid, the houses, those sort of things,” McInnis continued.
“It could take a year or two for everything to get back to exactly like it was, but it won’t take that long for everyone to be able to come back and enjoy it. A great opportunity lies ahead for the people of the Virgin Islands to determine what the future will look like. With the technology that God has blessed us with today like solar energy, the sky is the limit. People should be excited to see what the future holds. It’s easy to dwell on the current state of our islands, but we really need to stay focused on the future because it’s very bright.” To donate to the foundation, please visit www.kennychesney.com.