A string of 15 bands performed at Thornden Park on Saturday, July 25 from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. to support the Salvation Army's two youth homeless shelters (Booth and Barnabas Houses) in Syracuse. LifePlace, The Salvation Army, Mary Nelson, and Syracuse University hosted the event.
One in 50 children in America are homeless. That means that approximately 1.5 million children are homeless on any given night. Because of the poor economy, youth homelessness is on the rise, and Syracuse shelters need more help than ever from the community.
This was LifePlace's national kickoff of the "Forsaken Generation Youth Homeless Project." This project is a concert tour across the country that aims to raise awareness for youth homelessness and fundraise to open new and support existing shelters in the U.S.
Dinosaur BBQ catered the concert in Thornden Park, and will be at the remaining concerts taking place in New York.
Syracuse University coaches and athletes from the football and basketball teams attended the concert to show their support. Local celebrity Tim Green, a former Syracuse football player, NFL linebacker and bestselling author also made an appearance to help the cause.
Some of the bands represented were: The Scarlet Ending, Torment the Vein, Foma., 4.0, Team Goldie, Merit, Fazeshift, The Chris Ames Band, Ceili Rain, Index Patient, Eyesalve, 4:thirtyseven, Unusual Suspects and Reviving Ivory.
Tickets for the tour can be purchased online at https://lifeplace.ticketleap.com/.