WellsFest 2013 helps The Good Samaritan Center
WellsFest on September 28 in Jamie Fowler Boyll Park will be dedicated to helping a social service organization that has worked for four decades to help families and individuals in crisis situations---The Good Samaritan Center.
The daylong festival begins with a 5K Run/Walk and 1 mile Fun Run at 8 a.m., sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi, and continues with a whole host of music and activities from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.
You can find the music schedule by clicking this link.
Admission to WellsFest, Jackson's first festival, is free. As some of Jackson's top musicians perform, "WellsFesters" can enjoy good food, coffeehouse treats, a silent auction, children's activities and a stroll through Vendors Village, where artists and craftsmen are displaying their wares.
WellsFest Art Night on the evening of September 24 at Duling Hall also generates funds for the beneficiary through the sale of works by major Mississippi artists.
Established by seven Jackson churches in 1972, "Good Sam" has been a longtime supporter--and one time beneficiary-- of WellsFest.
The mission of The Good Samaritan Center is to assist families and individuals in emergency
situations. They work closely with other organizations to form a “network
of helping hands.” The motto is “if we can’t help, we should know (or be able
to find out) who can.”
Proceeds from this year’s WellsFest (the 30th), will go to help Good Sam fulfill that mission. Good Samaritan focuses on families in crisis who are experiencing an
unexpected (yet verifiable) emergency beyond the client’s control including
victims of fire, burglary and residents of shelters.
While the primary focus is on families in crisis, Good Sam’s well-organized
clothing program is open to anyone who has a need.
Here are a few of the ways Good Sam is working to help:
* Clothing Closet assists about 400 persons a month. * Food Pantry distributes more than 39,000 meals worth of groceries each year * Furniture and Household Program helps fire victims and families coming out of shelters on a case by case basis.
* Emergency Financial Assistance helps provide payments for rent, utilities, medicine and medical supplies * Christmas Assistance to families, the Angel Tree *Traveler's Assistance provides gasoline, bus tickets, minor car repairs and shelter for stranded families"
*Case Management supplies information, referrals, budget counseling and client advocacy for a variety of needs, including advocacy for Social Security recipients. *Emergency Church Screening helps churches manage emergency requests for individuals in crisis. * Good Sam runs the only community soup kitchen in Laurel.
You can read more about Good Sam and its operations at
...A family friendly music festival, admission-free, drawing the best groups around. Entertainers donate their time and talent to provide continuous music.
...A fun fair for children, featuring easy-to-win games and creative activities at low, low prices.
...An art auction where you can bid on works donated by prominent Jackson area artists.
...A silent auction where you can pick up bargains donated by local merchants,innkeepers and restauranteurs.
...An outdoor coffee house where you can relax with friends and enjoy fantastic homemade desserts.
...A diner's delight, where you can enjoy fine grilled treats fromWellsFest Chefs.
...A crafts fair, featuring the top artisans from around Mississippi.
...A pet parade and blessing for our leashable friends at 9 a.m.
...A giant plant sale with some living bargains....A 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Fun Run at 8 a.m.
WellsFest--2019 Bailey Avenue, Jackson, MS 39213, 601-353-0658, firstname.lastname@example.org