Toledo's annual Tent City event
Toledo's annual Tent City event takes place this weekend, but the festivities begin Wednesday night with a star-studded photography show to benefit the Veterans Matter Program.
Images of iconic rock stars from the 60s and 70s, to modern day pop singers like Katy Perry line the walls of the Porter Gallery at the Toledo School for the Arts. All captured by rock 'n roll tour manager and photographer, Harry Sandler.
“The images on the wall are all for sale. They all have a price and you can buy them in any of the four sizes, and frame them with however you would like them to look in your house," said Harry Sandler
Sandler, a military veteran himself is selling some of his favorite photos from the 45 years he spent in the entertainment industry, in hopes of spreading awareness of the dire need to help our homeless military veterans.
“I lost a lot of friends and I had a few come home that I lost because of medical and mental reasons. I met ken many, many years ago and decided I wanted to help," said Sandler.
Ken Leslie is a northwest Ohio native who has spent over two decades helping provide medical care, clothing and other services for the city's homeless population since the 1990s.
“We have youth groups sleeping over, we have people doing a walk and then on Saturday is project connect where we provide all these services to those in need and it’s a really powerful way for the community to celebrate compassion," said Ken Leslie.
Sandler has worked with various artist from Van Halen and Bruce Springsteen, to John Mellencamp, who donated tickets and a special meet and greet that will be auctioned off at the benefit show.
John will actually be the mayor of Tent City this year and kicking off the fundraising walk, and the top fundraiser will get two tickets to the show and get to hang out with John afterwards.
To purchase tickets for Wednesday nights Benefit Show or to volunteer at Toledo Tent City 2016, just click the links below: