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Stars appearing at KFHS for benefit

Published 9:33pm Thursday, January 3, 2013

A nonprofit founded by retired NFL defensive linebacker Greg Scott will hold a benefit at King’s Fork High School to raise funds and food for, and awareness of, childhood obesity and hunger.

Franklin-based Cover 3 Foundation’s C3 Childhood Hunger and Obesity Benefit, beginning at 6 p.m. in the school auditorium on Jan. 26, will include musical performances by two popular artists.

Correy

David Correy is a Brazilian-born recording artist and former star of Fox reality TV show “The X Factor.” Adopted by an American family as a small child, his music is described as a crossover sound influenced by hip-hop, rock and pop.

A news release describes the benefit’s second special guest, Andra’ Cross, as “a rising local artist in the hip-hop gospel music industry.

“Cross has shared the stage with likes of Smokie Norful, Mary Mary, Marvin Sapp, Coko (formally of SWV), (and) Hezekiah Walker, just to name a few.”

He received the 2006 Los Angeles Black Music Award and was nominated for a 2007 Stellar Award.

“We are extremely blessed to have David Correy and Andra’ Cross accept our invitation to come be a part of this event and help raise awareness of childhood hunger and obesity,” foundation President and CEO Greg Scott stated in the release.

“It’s good, wholesome fun,” said Steph Wood, business and development manager for the organization. “We’re going to have some great performances.”

The event will inform children, parents and the wider community about the shocking statistics and concern regarding childhood hunger and obesity.

“The childhood hunger and obesity epidemic in Virginia is quickly becoming a health crisis,” the release says. “Nearly 40 percent of children in Southeastern Virginia are overweight, obese or malnourished.”

To help guide young people down the path of healthy eating, the foundation developed what it calls the “#6532” initiative. The number represents the minimum daily requirements of six grains, five fruits and/or vegetables, three milk or dairy and two meat/protein servings.

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“We’re really pushing it on the social networks,” Wood said. “We’re trying to get kids to be aware of that number and reach that goal. You can get a balanced diet by trying to live by that.”

The Suffolk Partnership for a Healthy Community will also be at the benefit, with interactive demonstrations on healthy food and lifestyle choices.

But Correy is perhaps the event’s most excited guest. “I’m so excited to come to Virginia and share my talents to give back to the children, families and community at King’s Fork High School in an effort to fight childhood hunger and obesity,” the release quoted him as saying.

Three seating packages are available for the benefit. A VIP Package, costing $20 in advance and five canned goods at the door, includes a private meet-and-greet with Correy and Cross, plus floor seating.

General admission includes floor seating for $12 in advance and two canned goods at the door, while a third option, for $8 in advance and two canned goods at the door, has balcony seating.

The foundation says it aims to raise $10,000 and 5,000 canned goods to be used in its programs providing healthy, nutritious snacks to 3,400 at-risk children every day and nutrition and exercise education.

To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.cover3foundation.org, click “like” at www.facebook.com/C3sChildhoodHungerAndObesityBenefit, or follow the foundation on Twitter, @cover3life.

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