More than a decade 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, local group, The Hallelujah Harmony Quartet has served as the musical host.


The Keep the Faith Foundation for Kids benefit concert will be held at Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Cabot this Saturday, July 28. The program is slated to begin at 6 p.m. There is no admission, but a love offering will be accepted for this cause. For more information, call 501-416-6222.


“Hallelujah Harmony Quartet has had a long history of working with KTF. We’re looking forward to this year’s event. We consider it an honor to host this,” group member Jackie Moore 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.


“One can only imagine the difficulties these children and their families experience,” Moore noted. “If we can help them through our signing, that is the very least we can do.”


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


Last month, the inaugural Arkansas Country Music Awards were held in Little Rock. Hallelujah Harmony Quartet were among the five finalists for Inspirational Artist of the Year.


“We were surprised and overwhelmed but very honored by the awards nomination,” Moore commented. “It was exciting and helps us as we move forward with our next project. We feel we currently have a good sound and the blend is real smooth. We will be releasing a new recording before long.”


In addition to The Hallelujah Harmony Quartet, the event will feature United Voice, who were also a final nominee at the Arkansas CMA Awards.


“United Voice is excited to be a part of this year’s benefit for a great ministry!,” group member Mike Franklin said. “We’d love to see you Saturday evening at Faith Baptist Church. It’s important for us to come together as a community to encourage those who serve with KTF with our attendance and financial support as they work to encourage families going through difficult days.”


Additionally, the masterful trumpet talents of Jason Jolley will grace the stage. This will be his sixth consecutive year to be a part of this event.


“It’s a complete honor once again to be a part of the KTF Benefit!,” Jolley stated. “There is no better cause than helping these families see the love of Christ through donations and assistance from the community. This is always the most meaningful (and fun!) musical gig I do all year. This year’s event will be extra special to me for two reasons: one, I get to perform a song with the Hallelujah Harmony Quartet, and two, I’ll be joined by a good friend and fantastic singer named Corey Kramer as we duet on a beautiful song by Selah called “Faithful One”. Invite your friends! Don’t miss the blessing you’ll get as you bless these courageous families!”


The Keep the Faith Foundation for Kids benefit concert will be held at Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Cabot this Saturday, July 28. The program is slated to begin at 6 p.m. There is no admission, but a love offering will be accepted for this cause. For more information, call 501-416-6222.


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