Beach Arts, Music and Mentoring (BAMM) held a socially distanced concert and movie night on Saturday at the Colonial Beach Community Center.

With most fundraising events canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many local organizations are looking for creative ways to raise funds. Hard to Tell band played for two and a half hours to a crowd that largely wore masks and distanced from one another.

The donation-only event that included no sales of any type to help with keeping everyone safe raised $1300 for BAMM. 

The group does everything from help support the arts and music at Colonial Beach Public Schools to give scholarships. Five graduating Seniors received scholarships this year from BAMM. Not only was BAMM able to give out scholarships, but they were also able to give gift cards to many CBPS teachers. 

In a drive during the initial pandemic period when all students were sent home, BAMM provided bags full of activities and materials to hundreds of students.

BAMM also hosts a music program for high school students as Colonial Beach High School does not have one. What that will look like this year is unknown as the U.S. faces the highest rates of COVID-19 in the world presently.

One of the founders of BAMM, John Heath, is brother to famous musician Tommy Heath, better known by his band’s name, of Tommy Tutone. Over the last few years, Tutone has performed at a benefit concert which brings in thousands of dollars. Sadly, it was canceled this year.

For more information on BAMM see their Facebook page. Donations are always accepted to help the students of Colonial Beach.