Chattanooga Concert to Benefit Alzheimer’s Association

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — Country music artist Jay Allen is teaming up with Miller-Motte College in Chattanooga this Thursday night to raise money for the Tennessee Alzheimer’s Association.

You might recognize Jay from the national TV singing competition, The Voice.

He – along with Craig Hendricks and several other performers – will be putting on “A Concert to Remember” at 6:30 p.m.

The goal is to raise at least $8,000 for the non-profit.

Before the show, there will be an arts and crafts fair at 4 p.m. Families can also get pictures with Santa and the Grinch.

This cause is personal for Jay.

He lost his mom to early onset Alzheimer’s a few years ago.

“I promised my mother on her deathbed, literally, that I would always tell our story and I would sing the song [‘Blank Stares’],” Jay said. “It’s always it’s more than an honor or a privilege. It’s an obligation to me, you know. Alzheimer’s is one of those diseases that is hard to talk about, especially if you’re losing a parent or have lost a parent. You go from being the one that’s taken care of, to suddenly being the caregiver. And it’s really difficult to wrap your mind around what Alzheimer’s is. It’s kind of become a prideful duty of mine to make it almost OK to talk about it, to create a safe place, to talk about Alzheimer’s, and what it is and the grieving process. And also to highlight the positive. I just released a new song called ‘No Present like the Time,’ and the that came out of a place of, it took me a lot longer to grieve the loss of my mother than I thought it would. I recently feel like I’ve finally came out of that dark place to a really positive place.”

You can reserve your seat to the benefit concert Thursday night here.

If you can’t make it to the event, you can donate to the Alzheimer’s Association here.

 

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