On any given day, you can turn on the television or pick up a newspaper and be immediately reminded of the downfalls and unfortunate happenings in the world. Great deeds or signs of generosity rarely make headlines. However, such acts of kindness do occur. An example is local gospel group the Hallelujah Harmony Quartet.
For the eighth consecutive year, the group will host its own benefit concert. This year will mark the sixth year that the concert proceeds will go to the Keep the Faith Foundation for Kids with Cancer.
"We have 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," 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, the Hallelujah Harmony Quartet has recorded three albums and delighted audiences by spreading God’s word through songs. Aside from Tullos, the current lineup consists of Tom Hollman, Jim Dennis and Orval Sutton. Their most recent project, "What Are You Waiting For," was released last month.
"Two years ago, I introduced Jim and Orval to the crowd at the benefit. We’ve had a good couple of years since undergoing some changes. I am very pleased with our current group."
This year’s event features a nationally known special guest, the Melody Boys Quartet. Also appearing will be Gary Vaile and Miss Central Arkansas Erin Larsen.
"In the past, we’ve had a lot of talented singers and groups join us for the benefit, but it certainly adds some excitement to have a well-known group such as The Melody Boys Quartet," Tullos said. "They have been friends of ours for a long time, and we often sing as part of their New Year’s Eve benefit. It is an honor to have them with us for the second consecutive year.
"Additionally, we are excited to have Gary Vaile and Erin Larsen with us this year." he said. "This should be a great night of gospel music."
The sixth annual Keep the Faith Foundation for Kids benefit concert will be held at Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Cabot on July 28. The program is slated to begin at 6 p.m. There is no admission fee, but a love offering will be collected. For more information, go to www.hhquartet.com or call 501-843-5514.
Charles Haymes, a Beebe writer, is a member of the Country Music Association and the International Bluegrass Music Association. E=mail him at email@example.com.