Volunteer Spirit for their community: the Bakri brothers

WEST KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) -- The Bakri brothers have big hearts for their community.

They quickly came up with a plan for their dance club to help Second Harvest Food Bank recover from Monday's flood damage.

But their simple acts of kindness go far beyond that.

The Cotton Eyed Joe is known for it's country line dancing.

Often times, customers come through the door not knowing they're helping a local charity.

That's because Gingi Bakri the owner, and Jed, his brother and manager, will often donate a share of the cover charge to a needy organization.

Jed says, "That's the way we were raised, help as much as we can."

They did it for Dancing With the Knoxville Stars last month to benefit East Tennessee's Children's Hospital.

Last year Jed himself danced his way to the top for sick kids, fund raising more than 11-thousand dollars.

A rewarding challenge that still brings a smile to his face.
Jed says, "Every child will have to at some time go to children's hospital of Tennessee and we have to help this hospital. If I have kids, they will go there."

The Bakri brothers have many well known musicians come through their doors and perfom at the Joe.

They packed the place when they hosted Randy Owens of the band Alabama in august 2008 and raised over 10-thousand dollars for the First Unitarian Universalist Church following a shooting there.

In the summertime, The Joe has family night every Monday where proceeds go to a different charity each week.

"We help schools, churches, hospitals, everyone who is in need, make me feel good, make me want to do more, " says Jed.

They have an event set up later this month for a year old girl battling a serious disease.

It's these reasons and many others, the Bakri brothers have Volunteer Spirit.


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