Music and art festival aims to benefit Mother Emanuel Hope Fund

Music and art festival aims to benefit Mother Emanuel Hope Fund

DANIEL ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Dozens of people gathered at the Family Circle Tennis Center Saturday afternoon for a Music and Unity Festival.

Kris Manning, a festival organizer, said the event was originally designed to raise money for The Music Battery in Charleston.

Manning explained that after the shooting at the Emanuel AME Church, the festival organizers wanted to donate all proceeds to the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund.

"You don't expect these things to happen and it's a different world and we're just trying to come together in a positive way. Music and art is what we do. That's what Charleston is about. We want to heal and we want to come together as a community," said Manning.

Manning said that some of the artists in attendance at the festival would also donate a portion of their earnings to the fund.

"We thought through art and music we could help people heal and we could help people express themselves in a positive way,' said Manning.

She the group also wanted to attempt to break a world record at the festival.

Manning said the organizers wanted to break the record for having the most people hold up a 'heart gesture" with their hands.

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