In 2008, Jason Statts, a graphic designer and local musician, was shot point blank in the neck during a violent crime in Savannah, suffering irreparable damage to his spine. Due to the injuries, Statts is a quadriplegic and no longer able to work. Though he receives government assistance, he struggles to cover living and medical expenses. Thus, the group Friends of Statts regularly stages fundraisers to assist Jason.
This year, their annual StattsFest will be held for the second year in a row in Savannah’s Grayson Stadium, home to the city’s popular amateur baseball team, the Savannah Bananas. Held Sept. 23rd from 3-8 p.m., StattsFest will feature food trucks, kids activities and live local music from the likes of The Train Wrecks (pictured), Bottles & Cans and Clouds & Satellites. Tickets are $15 in advance, or $20 at the gate. For more info, check friendsofstatts.com.