Ten years ago, an event for a great cause was created. I am referring to a night of gospel music with the concert proceeds going to the Keep the Faith Foundation for Kids with Cancer. And for each and every one of those benefits through the years, Cabot’s very own group, The Hallelujah Harmony Quartet has served as the musical host.


“We’ve been a part of a lot of benefits, but we are proud to say that we host this one ourselves. This event is very rewarding for us. We’ve hosted all of them, and I am excited and very much looking forward to this year’s concert,” group member Darrell Tullos said in a phone interview.


The Keep the Faith Foundation for Kids with Cancer was founded in the memory of Dakota Hawkins, Jazlyn Ferguson and Caleb Sims. The three children lost their lives to cancer, yet all three were inspirations to whomever knew them. The foundation shares Christian love to families with children who suffer with cancer. Also, the foundation provides financial assistance to these families.


“Personally, I can’t think of a better reason or cause to have a benefit,” Tullos stated. “These children and their families go through a tremendous amount of struggles and hardships. For us, hosting this benefit is a small way of helping, but we feel grateful to do this.”


Formed in 2005, Hallelujah Harmony Quartet has recorded three albums and delighted audiences by spreading God’s word through songs. Aside from Tullos, the group’s current lineup consists of Tom Hollman, Jackie Moore and Bob Presswood.


Presswood is the newest member of the group. Tullos said that this is an exciting addition for the quartet.


“Bob adds so much to The Hallelujah Harmony Quartet,” Tullos said. “He is a great singer and piano player. We’re thrilled about what the Lord has done for us, and we’re looking forward to see what He has planned for us in the future as Bob joins our group.”


In addition to The Hallelujah Harmony Quartet, the event will feature Mike Franklin, Linda Morgan, HisStory and the masterful trumpet talents of Jason Jolley.


“In the past, we’ve had a lot of talented singers and groups join us for the benefit, and this year is no exception,” Tullos said. “We feel honored to have each of these on the program. I feel the audience will love all of the performers we have on the program this year. We have a lot of talented gospel musicians and singers right here in our own area. It should be a great night of music for a great cause.”


The Keep the Faith Foundation for Kids benefit concert will be held at Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Cabot on Sat., July 29. The program is slated to begin at 6:00 p.m. There is no admission, but a love offering will be accepted for this cause. For more information, call 501-843-5514.


Beebe native Charles Haymes is a music historian and a member of the Country Music Association. Email him at charleshaymes@gmail.com.