Here is a heartwarming holiday story: The Dave Matthews Band is donating $5 million dollars to Charlottesville, Virginia, the place where the band was born.
Along with the rest of the band and their team at Red Light Management, singer-songwriter Dave Matthews announced that they will be donating $5 million to help revitalize public housing in Charlottesville and bring some much-needed assistance to people in need in the community there.
The funds will be used to help improve multiple public housing properties in the area, including Crescent Halls. The low-income housing community has been plagued with serious issues in recent years, including water leaks that posed a public health concern to the elderly and disabled people who live in the building.
According to a press release from the band and its management team, “The first phase of the project will include a long-overdue complete renovation of Crescent Halls, a building housing elderly and disabled low-income residents, and the construction of brand new units on South First Street. The band’s contribution will serve as a catalyzing major gift in the ongoing fundraising campaign for the resident-led, multi-phased project.”
The contribution will also help the city find and build new affordable housing.
This is not the first time that the Dave Matthews Band has come to the assistance of its hometown of Charlottesville.
Last year, when activist Heather Heyer was murdered and 19 others were injured while protesting against white nationalists at a rally in Charlottesville, Matthews helped to organize a unity concert to raise money for charity and bring people in the community together. He invited Heyer’s mother, Susan Bro, onto the stage to speak during the concert.
It seems that Matthews, his band and their management team haven’t forgotten where they came from. It’s wonderful to see rock stars using their power for good!