Country singer Ryan Kinder will hold a Concert for Relief for Hurricane Michael survivors at Panama City Beach on Thursday. The singer is partnering with the IRONMAN Foundation to raise additional aid for hurricane victims.
PANAMA CITY BEACH — Country singer Ryan Kinder will hold a Concert for Relief for Hurricane Michael survivors on Thursday.
The concert will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m in the main ballroom of the Boardwalk Beach Resort at Panama City Beach.
Kinder encourages attendees to bring a children’s toy or non-perishable food items to the concert. Anybody that brings one will have a chance to win a prize.
All the toys that are donated will go to Kinder’s charity Kinder’s Kids to help the children that were impacted by the hurricane. He will be partnering with the IRONMAN Foundation to help raise money as well.
Kinder is excited about doing a concert to help those in need after the hurricane.
“I grew up coming down to Panama City for vacation,” Kinder said. “It’s sad to see that it doesn’t get the media attention that it needs.”
The country music singer will also be participating in the IRONMAN race, set for Saturday at Panama City Beach. His training on top of traveling and doing shows has been quite tiresome.
“For the last six to seven months I’ve been training, getting up at four a.m.,” Kinder said.
For people close to Kinder, they couldn’t believe that he was going to participate in the triathlon. They think it’s an impossible feat to conquer.
“Most people say that I’m insane for wanting to do it,” Kinder said. “But I’ve had my mind set on this goal, so I’m going to go for it.”
Kinder will be accompanied by 10-year NFL veteran Don Davey to compete in the race. Davey is a longtime IRONMAN Foundation supporter.
The Ironman race was moved to Haines City last year because of the hurricane. Sarah Hartmann, Executive Director of the IRONMAN Foundation, said she is excited to announce several grants that will be given during the events this weekend.
“In May, earlier this year, we gave $100,000 to the Panama City Development to help rebuild homes,” Hartmann said. “We will be giving up to $300,000 to help with efforts of Hurricane Michael.”
The grants will be awarded in partnership with HOKA ONE ONE and Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.
The Bay Education Fund will get $50,000 to help provide clothing and support for the children of Bay County.
The IRONMAN Foundation will also build 130 bikes that will be donated to the Boys and Girls Club Friday afternoon to help young children affected by the storm.
The Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center will receive a $15,000 grant to help the children it serves that were affected by the hurricane.
The IRONMAN Foundation will be partnering with organizations like All Hands and Hearts, Team Rubicon, and ToolBank USA to help with the Hurricane Michael relief.
To cap off the weekend, the foundation and other organizations will be at the Bay County Public Library on 11th St. on Sunday to help rebuild four houses in the area from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kinder will be there also to help with the foundation.