Three popular singing groups and a church choir will appear on stage Saturday night at a fund-raising concert to benefit the Faulkner County Single Parent Scholarship Fund.
An Evening of Entertainment at 7 p.m. in Reves Recital Hall at Hendrix will feature performances by The Boomers, the Davanzo Family Bluegrass Band and Vintage, coming out of retirement to perform for this cause.
Also appearing will be the Ebenezer United Methodist Church choir and vocalists Nisheedah Golden and Wendy Shirar.
Tickets at the door are $10; children free.
The Boomers are J. D. Hatfield, Joe Lombardi, Mike Schaefer, Conrad Shumaker and Sara Shumaker. They share a love of performing traditional folk music.
The Davanzo Family Bluegrass Band is composed of parents and children, ranging in age from 10 to 14. They’ve performed across Arkansas and competed in several state and regional bluegrass and fiddle competitions.
Vintage is Angela Greenland, Donna Hutchinson, Sherry Norrell and Liz Parker, with pianist Kathy Perry. After 16 years together, the popular group announced its retirement in May, but they’ve been called back into musical service on other occasions.
Jim Rhodes and Becky Harris will be masters of ceremony.
The Fund was organized in 1990 to work at the local level to provide incentive scholarships to those who desire to earn a post-secondary degree or diploma and obtain well-paying, skilled employment.
In Faulkner County in 2010, 40 scholarships were awarded at a value of $21,250.
Scholarships may be used for tuition, books, utility bills, car maintenance, childcare or other financial needs.
In its history, the Faulkner County group has given 295 scholarships to single parents for a total investment of $162,413.
Members of the board of the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Faulkner County are Cara Cates, Leigha Drummond, Kristi Epps, Steve Fulmer, Dr. Rosemary Henenberg, Dr. Alice Hines, Willie Jones, Dr. Deborly Wade and Claretta Walker. CAPCA is the fiscal sponsor of FCSPSF.
According to Hines, "The board recruits applicants, selects awardees, and raises awareness and support for the program. The FCSPS fund helps single mothers and father to attain self-sufficiency such that they will have a much greater opportunity to achieve a better quality of life for themselves and their children."
According to information provided by the board, statistics show that a postsecondary education is one of the best weapons against poverty. With support from individuals, churches, civic organizations and the business community, the Arkansas program awards more than $800,000 in scholarships each year.
(Staff writer Becky Harris can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and 505-1234.)