Help us thank Spencer and wish him well at our December 17 fundraiser at Three Taverns Craft Brewery in Decatur

Spencer Smith, a founding board member of Amplify My Community and its first executive director, is stepping down from his position as ED after three and a half very successful years for the organization. Spencer will serve as executive director until the end of 2016.

Amplify’s inaugural holiday fundraising event, planned for December 17 at 8 p.m. at Three Taverns Craft Brewery in Decatur, will be a celebration of Spencer’s achievements with Amplify, and an opportunity to wish him well in the next phase of his life and career. The party will feature a special live musical performance, food, and of course a selection of Three Taverns craft beer. Only 100 tickets will be sold, and all funds raised will be directed to Amplify. Tickets are $50 and available here

Amplify board president Drew Robinson said that Spencer will be greatly missed, but that Amplify does not plan on slowing down. “Spencer took Amplify to amazing new heights as executive director, raising significant funds for our beneficiaries, helping many people understand the prevalence of poverty in our communities, and enhancing the profile of our organization,” he said. “Because of Spencer, we are incredibly well positioned to produce more and bigger concerts, and provide even greater support to our community beneficiaries—and that’s what we plan to do.”

Robinson said that Amplify will produce at least six concert series in 2017, in towns such as Decatur, Georgia; Athens, Georgia; Nashville, Tennessee; and Asheville, North Carolina.

Smith said leaving is bittersweet. “Amplify is such an amazing organization, and I’m so proud of what we accomplished. The festival, the new markets we opened, the new friends we’ve made. I have no doubts with the great leadership our Board provides that much greater things are in store for Amplify. But it’s time for me and my family to move on to new challenges, and we are excited about what the future holds for us as well. ”

Amplify founder Mike Killeen said that Spencer’s service to Amplify has been unparalleled. “Because of Spencer, we are very well positioned to produce more and bigger concerts, and provide even greater support to our community beneficiaries,” he said. “Like everyone at Amplify, I am so grateful for Spencer’s contributions over the last several years. We will miss him greatly, as a friend and as a talented and dedicated leader.”

Amplify My Community was founded in 2010 and is based in Decatur, Georgia. Its mission is to leverage the universal love of music to fight poverty at the local level. To date, Amplify has produced more than 50 concerts and donated more than $210,000 in unrestricted gifts to locally oriented anti-homelessness and poverty-focused organizations — including more than $110,000 in Decatur. Amplify has held concert series in Atlanta, Athens, Decatur, Suwanee and Duluth, Georgia; Asheville and Charlotte, North Carolina; Nashville, Tennessee; and Charlottesville, Virginia.