By Tia Lynn Ivey
A local art teacher will soon get his heart fixed by surgeons and his floor fixed by friends.
Ty Manning, long-time Morgan County High School (MCHS) art teacher, is undergoing heart surgery next week to have an aortic valve replaced. His friends decided to provide Manning with a safe environment in which to recover by replacing his severely damaged kitchen floor. Manning’s friends have put together a benefit concert to raise funds for the floor replacement and Manning’s medical expenses.
“The amount of love and support being poured over me is just amazing,” said Manning. “I can barely describe it.”
The event is slated for this Sunday, May 5, at the Foundry in Athens. The benefit concert is cleverly named “Cinco De Ty-o.” The event, open to all ages, begins at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) and costs $10 per person.
The event will feature musical performances by over a dozen bands and musicians and donated local art will be for sale. Special t-shirt with Manning’s face on them will also be for sale to help raise money.
“ This is a benefit for Ty Manning to help cover costs to repair his Heart and Kitchen!” said Fester Hagood, who helped organize the event and will perform live music there.
“Ty is an amazing man, artist, teacher and all around great human,” said
Ashley Revell, one of the event organizers.
“We’ve put together a massive fundraising effort to help see him through. He is a brilliant songwriter, hilarious performer, and a beloved school teacher at Morgan County High School,” stated Claire Campbell, who designed the t-shirts for the event.
Manning has been a beloved art teacher at MCHS since 2001. He is the lead singer in two bands, the Slawdog Biscuits and The Bearfoot Hookers. Raised in Brantley County, near Waycross, Ty is a longtime member of the Athens Music and Art family. He is a University of Georgia and UF graduate. He was recently nominated for FOX 5 Atlanta’s High Five for Teachers contest, which spotlights exceptional high school teachers in the Atlanta metro area.
This will be Manning’s third open heart surgery.
“He is loved by all who meet him, and spreads joy wherever he goes. Lets rally for the man who has given so much to so many!” said benefit organizers.
Manning’s friends wanted to turn their love for him into action that would help him through this difficult time.
“Ty’s kitchen floor is held together by termites holding hands from a roof leak in his 100-year-old house,” said benefit organizers. “ The extreme water damage and mold in his kitchen needs repaired immediately, so he can heal in a safe environment. All proceeds go towards repairs and to help with his recovery and medical bills.”
“I live in a very old house in Buckhead and my kitchen floor is caving in,” said Manning. “A bunch of my friends secretly started planning to fix it while I’m in the hospital. It’s just incredible what they are doing for me.”
The Foundry Athens is located at 295 East Dougherty Street in Athens. For more information about this event, or how to donate, visit: /www.facebook.com/events/284161535853892. You can also donate at: www.gofundme.com/ty-manning-help-repair-his-heart-and-kitchen.