News and Tribune

Floyd County

September 19, 2013

Concert to benefit local homeless initiative

The Love Pack seeks to deliver food, friendly faces

NABB — Ben Gordon was having a bad day at work, but instead of drowning in apathy, he looked outward.

“I took a step back for a second and said I need to focus on something besides me,” Gordon said.

It didn’t take Gordon long to think of those who are in need of help.

He set his sights on assisting the homeless, and hatched the idea of a group of people each wearing backpacks handing out food and clothing. The name of the group came naturally, as Gordon dubbed his new team The Love Pack. More than just providing supplies, Gordon wanted to form a group of people who would share experiences and conversations with the homeless in the area.

The name is more than just a reference to the backpacks, he said.

“It’s also a pack of people going out on the street to make a difference one-on-one,” Gordon said. “Those kind of interactions will be what drives everyone to do it.”

On Sept. 28, local bands and businesses are helping to back Gordon’s cause. A concert is slated for Dillinger’s Music Venue where admission will be $5 or $5 worth of canned goods or donated clothing, and The Irish Exit will contribute 15 percent of drink sales at the event to The Love Pack. Also, Dillinger’s will donate all of the admission fees to the organization.

The bands that will play also aren’t charging Gordon for their services. Gordon said even person running sound for Dillinger’s is donating his time on Sept. 28 for the cause.

“The response from everybody has just been great,” Gordon said.

The following Saturday after the concert, The Love Pack and any interested volunteers will hand out the collected goods to homeless people in the area.

Gordon said local police officers have notified him of where camps of homeless people are usually located, and The Love Pack will concentrate on those areas first to distribute the items.

Remaining proceeds from the concert will be used to purchase items for the homeless. Any additional items not dispersed will be given to The Salvation Army or homeless shelters in Southern Indiana and Kentucky.

Gordon said he’s overwhelmed by the support of his friends, The Irish Exit and Dillinger’s.

“So far this has been a zero cost, amazing charity,” he said.

Matt McMahan, owner of The Irish Exit, credited Gordon for trying to combat a problem that he said is rampant in Southern Indiana.

“A lot of people who may go out and spend $30 or $40 on dinner in downtown New Albany and don’t realize that just $5 could help out and feed someone that night,” he said.  

The Whiskey Riders, Field of Kings and Ranger are slated to play the Sept. 28 show. There will be an information booth at the event with details on how to join The Love Pack.

Dillinger’s is located at 203 E. Main St. in downtown New Albany. Gordon can be reached at 812-557-8085 for those wishing to help his cause.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Floyd County
LOCAL MAGAZINES
Easter 2014 photos


Click on any photo to purchase it.

SPECIAL CONTENT
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Arizona Prison Chief: Execution Wasn't Botched Calif. Police Investigate Peacock Shooting Death Raw: Protesters, Soldiers Clash in West Bank Police: Doctor Who Shot Gunman 'Saved Lives' 'Modern Family' Star on Gay Athletes Coming Out MN Twins Debut Beer Vending Machine DA: Pa. Doctor Fired Back at Hospital Gunman Raw: Iowa Police Dash Cam Shows Wild Chase Obama Seeks Limits on US Company Mergers Abroad Large Family to Share NJ Lottery Winnings U.S. Flights to Israel Resume After Ban Lifted Official: Air Algerie Flight 'probably Crashed' TSA Administrator on Politics and Flight Bans Raw: National Guard Helps Battle WA Wildfires Raw: Ukraine's Donetsk Residents Flee Senators Push to End Hamas Threat in Cease-Fire A Young Victim's Premonition, Hug Before MH17 Raw: Deadly Storm Hits Virginia Campground Death Penalty Expert: 'This is a Turning Point' Raw: MH17 Victim's Bodies Arrive in Netherlands
2013 Photos of the year


Take a look at our most memorable photos from 2013.