Update: Charity concert in Monroe Saturday is a community effort

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The concert for 3-year-old Arrai Grace Ingram scheduled to take place at the Lighthouse World Outreach Center in Monroe Saturday is a great example of what can be achieved when a community comes together. Friends of the family reached out to country singer Lawson Bates, who reached out to Gather Homecoming Christian artist Logan Smith, and the concert was set. But then Monroe Fire Department Capt. Jack Armstrong also got involved, bringing the whole department in on the action, local media and Good Day Atlanta were contacted, and the concert now promises to be a huge success for a family in need. Bates and Smith were in Monroe last week to meet the little girl behind the concert and make her feel comfortable on the stage Saturday when the concert takes place. If you haven’t got your tickets yet, you may want to hurry. Even before this last round of publicity, they were selling out fast.

Click or tap on this link below to get your tickets.

Concert tickets available now at: www.lawsonbates.com
May 19th, 2018 @ 7-9PM

Lighthouse World Outreach Center
609 Gene Bell Rd NE, Monroe, GA 30655

Click or tap on this link for some more of Arrai’s story as it appeared on Good Day Atlanta Thursday. 

Capt. Jack Armstrong gets to meet Arrai Grace Ingram and her parents in advance of the May 19, 2018 concert in her honor. Photo credit: Sharon Swanepoel
Country singer Lawson Bates meets Arrai Grace Ingram in Monroe in advance of the concert he is performing in Monroe on Saturday, May 19, 2018. Photo credit: Sharon Swanepoel
Photo credit: Sharon Swanepoel
Photo credit: Sharon Swanepoel
Photo credit: Sharon Swanepoel
Arrai Grace Ingram. Photo credit: Sharon Swanepoel

Initial story

When we dial 911, it’s because we need the help of our local public safety departments and we rarely get a real opportunity to pay them back for what they do – until now. Monroe Fire Department is giving us the perfect opportunity to help them as they help one of their own. And in doing so, we get to enjoy a concert at the same time.

Capt. Jack Armstrong of Monroe Fire Department said it all began when his wife, Beth, who follows and watches the Bates Family Show, saw that there was a concert in Monroe featuring Lawson Bates, one of the 19 siblings from the hit reality show Bringing up Bates. Lawson, who hails from Knoxville, Tenn., has a budding music career and when Armstrong’s wife learned he would be performing locally on May 19, she got tickets.

“At that point, we didn’t know it was a charity event, but once we saw Arria’s story, I was compelled to help move it forward in the community,” Armstrong said.

Arria Grace Ingram is a 3-year-old from Covington who suffers from a rare genetic disorder that has resulted in numerous health problems including some amputations. A Gofundme Page gives more information about the many medical problems Arria has already faced in her young life. Lawson Bates, along with Gaither Homecoming Award Winning Christian artist, Logan Smith, have taken on a charity concert to help raise money for the Ingram family and chose Lighthouse World Outreach Center in Monroe for the venue. Just that alone prompted the Armstrong family to try and encourage as many from the community as they could to support the effort.

But then Armstrong found out that Arria’s father, Brian Ingram, is a fellow firefighter from Gwinnett County and he decided there was much more that needed to be done. So he made a call to Lawson and left a message offering to help.

“I was floored when Lawson called me back and was humbled by the offer to help. Not often I get a celebrity to call me,” he said. “So often, as you know, we (FD) respond to bad calls. This time we can respond before a tragedy and bring a community along with us.”

Armstrong spoke to Monroe Councilman Ross Bradley and found out that he went to school with little Arria’s father. That just brought the plight of the Ingram family closer to home for Armstrong. A video was made with a plea to fill the hall on May 19 and show just how the communities in Walton County step up for a cause when a call goes out.

Below you will find detail about the concert, how to get tickets, as well as information about Arria’s illness and how you can help. But the one way Capt. Jack Armstrong and the Monroe Fire Department is asking you to help is by spreading the news about the concert on May 19, 2018, and making sure we fill the hall.

These young artists are lending their talents to help someone from our community. The least we can do is show them how much we appreciate it.

Concert tickets available now at: www.lawsonbates.com
May 19th, 2018 @ 7-9PM

Lighthouse World Outreach Center
609 Gene Bell Rd NE, Monroe, GA 30655

GoFundMe: Arria’s Medical Fund

On Facebook: Arria’s Legacy

Click or tap on these links on Youtube for music by Lawson Bates and Logan Smith to see just what type of talent these young musicians are bringing to our community to help a little girl in need.

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