Concert raises $2,500 for Shop with a Cop
With Christmas less than seven weeks away, some people may just now be thinking a little bit about the holiday season. But the Red River Fraternal Order of Police is always thinking about it. Not for themselves, but for the many children who may not have such a good holiday without the Shop with a Cop Program.
Last Saturday night their biggest fundraiser of the year was held to help the cause. Once again Bluegrass legend J.D. Crowe and his band The New South performed at a benefit concert for the program. The concert was held at the Powell County High School and the crowd got to hear some of the finest talent in the area. Joining the concert was Gospel group Drawing Nigh, Anthony Fannin, Kayne Allen, Kohl Faulkner, Brooke Skidmore, Tiffany Burton and Caden Molihan.
The concert headliner, Grammy Award winning artist J.D. Crowe wowed the crowd with his banjo picking. The New South also put on a good show singing some favorite Bluegrass music songs. Powell County’s own Ricky Wasson was also a highlight for the show.
The bands performed for free. All proceeds from the ticket sales and concessions went directly to the Shop with a Cop Program.
One special highlight for the night was Wasson playing a special guitar. The guitar was put together by Jerry Morton for his son John. John was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2005 before his father could give him the guitar. In honor of Morton and all those who have served, and all who have given the ultimate sacrifice, Wasson played a rousing rendition of Amazing Grace on the guitar. The crowd gave him a standing ovation afterwards.
According to FOP President Denny Frazier, the concert brought in “approximately $2,500.” That will be added to the nearly $2,000 raised at the Elvis Concert last month. All the money will go to help the needy children of Powell County this Christmas season.
The Shop with a Cop is scheduled to take place on Dec. 9.