Local nonprofits are benefiting from the proceeds of the Lockn' music festival that took place earlier this month in Nelson County. Nine nonprofits each received a $2,688 donation at the Omni Hotel in Charlottesville Thursday morning (to see the full list of recipients, read below).

The Nelson County Pantry, one of the donation recipients, says it will help provide a specialty food to some of its clients.

"We have four pallets of pickles from Wickles Pickles and our clients would never have an opportunity to have products like that. We cannot afford, as a pantry, to buy things of that nature, so this is a real delight for these people to have an extra like this," said Marian Dixon, who works at Nelson County Pantry.

Dixon says the proceeds from the festival, along with the pickle donation, will fund the pantry's budget for the next month and a half.

Reported by Rob Manch

Lockn' Festival Press Release

Charlottesville, Virginia, September 26, 2013: Nine regional nonprofits were among the non-profit organizations to receive $2,688 each from the inaugural Lockn' Music Festival, held early September at Oak Ridge Farm in Nelson County.

HeadCount.org coordinated the festival's "Participation Row" - a collection of non-profit organizations present and exhibiting at the festival. The funds donated to these non-profits were raised through a silent auction organized by Head Count. Qello, a provider of full-length HD concerts and music documentaries, sponsored Participation Row and the silent auction.

In addition to the silent auction, 5,752 "actions" were taken at various non-profit booths during the festival's four days to win a signed guitar. Also, $5000 dollars was donated to the Nelson County Pantry through FATE (Funding America Through

Entertainment, http://supportfate.org/) organization along with 1500 pounds of food through the efforts of Conscious Alliance (http://www.consciousalliance.org/).

Nelson County Pantry's Executive Director Marian Dixon said: "The Nelson County Pantry is very grateful for all the support we received from the Lockn' Festival. Our local residents who are in most need are the beneficiaries."

Funds were distributed to:

Feed RVA: www.feedrva.org

Instrumental Giving Fund: www.instrumentalgivingfund.org

Music Resource Center: www.musicresourcecenter.org

Nelson County Pantry Bureau: www.nelsoncountypantry.org

Nelson County Tourism: www.nelsoncounty-va.gov

Lockn' Music Festival featured over thirty local and national artists performing for an audience of 25,000 attendees, and offering never  seen before musical collaborations. JamBase writer Bill Clifford said in a September online review, "they've [co-founders Dave Frey and Peter Shapiro] found what may be one of the most wonderful outdoor concert venues in the country."