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BANDIT gives back to bloodwater charity

June 11, 2014 | Category: Print

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE- To some it may have just been another late spring Thursday night, but to those in attendance at Blood:Water’s private event, it was an evening to raise funds and awareness for something so many people take for granted: clean water.

Following country music super group Little Big Town’s performance in Knoxville in April, the 3rd Annual Private Event on the farm featured a performance from Grammy nominated country music star David Nail took the stage to serenade audience members at Blood:Water’s Board Chair’s farm in Franklin where more than 140 guests took the time help raise awareness for clean water and HIV/AIDS. 

Bandit Lites’ Don Lockridge has been the project manager for the Bloodwater Nashville event for the last 3 years and was instrumental in the execution from a production standpoint. Bandit provided LED GRNLite 336 Pars, MAC 250s, and a Roadhog console operated by Aaron Swetland.

Allison Burchett, Bandit Lites’ Director of Philanthropy, coordinated the donation of lighting for both the Knoxville and Nashville events.

“Even in the midst of massive concert tours and huge festivals, it’s important to us at Bandit to give back,” said Burchett. “Aaron Swetland flew in from days of being on a major festival, and went right to work for this amazing charity, and was glad to do so. That very evening he sent me an email thanking us for letting him be involved with such great people for such a great cause. Bandit is pleased to be a part of Bloodwater’s events for the last several years, and it is thrilling that our employees see the value in helping others.”

"I can't imagine Hope in the Dark without the involvement of Bandit Lites,” said Mike Hamilton, Blood: Water’s President of Engagement. “This event to raise funds for work in Africa has raised over $1 million in five years while utilizing three different venues and multiple musical artists. Bandit's involvement and presence elevated the event in every case. Their staff is attentive, professional, knowledgeable and forward thinking. The utilization of their lighting creativity brought "brilliance" to our organization's events and set us apart in the marketplace. We are grateful for their longstanding friendship."

By the end of the evening, Blood:Water raised more than $70,000 for their clean water and HIV/AIDS initiatives in Africa. These initiatives include everything from providing clean water wells, biosand filters, installing latrines, to HIV advocacy such as testing and support groups.

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