'Aimee's Weekend' will offer free concerts, chance to give back


• What: Aimee’s Weekend, to benefit South Gwinnett grad Aimee Copeland

• When: 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and 2 to 11 p.m. Saturday

• Where: Snellville Towne Green

• More information: Back-to-back concerts will be held throughout the weekend. Proceeds will go to the family of Aimee Copeland, who is battling a flesh-eating bacteria called necrotizing fasciitis

SNELLVILLE -- Talk about a party for a cause.

This weekend, the city of Snellville will host a series of free outdoor concerts and other events to benefit the family of Aimee Copeland, the 24-year-old South Gwinnett High School graduate who has battled a flesh-eating bacteria for the last six weeks.

Concerts will be held at the Snellville Towne Green from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, and from 2 to 11 p.m. Saturday.

"This is about Aimee, but it's also about celebrating who we are," Mayor Pro Tem Tom Witts said at Monday's city council meeting. "When someone from Snellville is in trouble, everyone in Snellville comes together to help them out."

Copeland's battle with necrotizing fasciitis -- contracted after a fall from a homemade zip-line near Carrollton on May 1 -- and the subsequent amputations have drawn national headlines. Though her condition was upgraded from "critical" to "serious," she remains at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Her left leg, right foot and both hands have been amputated.

Musical acts scheduled for this weekend's festivities include Loganville native Jordan Rager (who recently appeared on NBC's "The Voice"), Banks and Shane, The Elements of Style, Thad Clark and The Dam Band. For a full schedule, visit snellvillepride.com.

Former South Gwinnett and University of Georgia quarterback David Greene is also scheduled to attend and sign autographs for a small donation.

Aimee Copeland's father, Andy, will be on the Towne Green on Friday night as well. Her sister, Paige, is scheduled to attend Saturday.

"I just think it's wonderful and I'm glad I can be there to be a part of it," Andy Copeland said.

LifeSouth will be taking blood donations, and vendors will be on hand with a selection of food and beverages for sale. Inflatables will be set up for children.

Additional information can also be found by emailing aimeesweekend@gmail.com.

"This weekend is going to be a fantastic weekend for our city," Witts said, "as well as making considerable donations to Aimee and her family."