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Pop / Rock 12/09/2005

David Banner Heal's the Hood Benefit Concert September 17th in Atlanta

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ATLANTA, GA ( – On September 17th, the always energetic and articulate David Banner is making his mark as the Mississippi hometown hero with his charity foundation "Heal The Hood" (, by organizing a relief concert for the survivors of Hurricane Katrina. Heal The Hood Hurricane Relief Concert will be held in Atlanta at Phillips Arena, doors open at 6:00pm, show starts at 7:00pm, and is supported by many of David Banner's music industry friends and the assistance of radio's power house companies.

David Banner goes on the record to say this about the reason he is so passionate about the relief concert, 'the tragedy of Katrina has affected all of us, considerably the worst natural disaster in US history. I feel that we all must unite to help our fellow citizens in their time of need. My vision for this concert is designed to meet the immediate needs of those who are underprivileged and have lost everything in areas that are looked over'. Atlanta's own Mayor Shirley Franklin stated, 'Given the current crisis in the Gulf Coast, I am so please that so many of our local and regional urban radio stations have united with David Banner and a number of the nations acclaimed, Atlanta based celebrities to produce a benefit concert that will assist thousands of evacuees in Atlanta and many of the smaller cities that were devastated by Katrina. This united spirit once again exemplifies the spirit of our City.'

Hosted by Lil' Jon, David Banner will be performing along with his celebrity friends Nelly, T.I., 8Ball and MJG, Ali & Big Gipp, Lyfe, D4L, Boyz N Da Hood, Chopper, 112, Dr. Charles G. Hayes, Canton Jones, and many more have signed up to lend their support to Heal The Hood Hurricane Relief Concert.

David Banner's Heal the Hood Foundation has also teamed up with Radio One, Clear Channel, Cumulus Media, Cox Radio and Infinity Broadcasting to volunteer efforts to solidify the concert's success. Marsha Meadows, Vice President of Marketing for Radio One, commented about David Banner and his efforts, 'David Banner is a dear friend to Radio One, we believe in him and his efforts. David has a heart as pure as gold and has always been the first to join our community efforts. When Hurricane Katrina struck, we knew that as a company, and information source to the community we had to do everything possible to help the helpless. We also knew that he would be one of the first hip hop artists to step up to help Hurricane Katrina victims because he is from Mississippi. Radio One is honored that David asked us to be a part of the 'Heal the Hood' campaign.'

Revenue generated and items collected from the Heal the Hood Hurricane Relief Concert will be donated to the hardest hit states that need a great deal of aid, including communities in southern Mississippi, southern Alabama, and New Orleans. The foundation also plans to assist evacuees that have relocated to the following areas: Atlanta, Arkansas, St. Louis and Texas. As a Mississippi-based foundation, Heal The Hood is able to get into the poorest areas to help the people by directly delivering supplies such as food, water, clothing, and necessities not fulfilled by other non-profit organizations.

The Heal the Hood Foundation is asking for donations of a minimum of $25 per ticket. Tickets are available for purchase at or at the Phillips Arena box office. Tickets will be on sale starting Monday, September 12th, tickets have been set for $25, $40 and $100; all profits will be donated to the cause; 1,000 seats will be reserved for the victims of Katrina.

Several corporations are on board to contribute to the victim's monetary, product-based, transportation and volunteer needs. Heal The Hood Hurricane Relief Concert is also being backed by B.I.G. Face Entertainment, Hosea Feed the Hungry, Mayor Shirley Franklin's Office, 4 Sho 4 Kids Foundation, and the Shandon Anderson Foundation, which are uniting their services and volunteers to make this event a success. For individuals who would like to make additional donations, various non-perishable items such as, baby supplies, toiletries, canned goods, and under garments will be collected at Philips Arena, the day of the show, loaded into tractor trailers and sent directly to Katrina victims. This concert will definitely impact those who truly are in need.
Those who aren't able to attend the concert are encouraged to make donations through the Heal the Hood Foundation by logging on to for details.

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