Concert to benefit hospital

Published 10:44 pm Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The North Suffolk Circle of the King’s Daughters is encouraging folks to treat their moms a day early this weekend with a gospel concert at King’s Fork Middle School on Saturday.

“It’s the night before Mother’s Day; come and spend some time with her and listen to some old-time gospel music,” said Diane Parsons, one of the co-chairs, along with Pam Hare, of the event.

The group raises money for the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, located in Norfolk, through a variety of projects, and also knits hats for premature babies and sews stuffed bears given to children undergoing surgery at the hospital.

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Proceeds from the gospel concert will benefit the hospital’s newly established mothers’ milk bank, where breastfeeding mothers can donate extra milk for babies who need it.

This is the first year for the gospel concert fundraiser, Parsons said, but the planning has gone well.

Groups performing will be the Master’s Hand Quartet, The Kelleys, Genesis Marcum and Curtis Hyler & Jubilation.

Parsons said the Master’s Hand Quartet signed on first and enlisted Curtis Hyler & Jubilation.

“The Kelleys are a well-known group,” Parsons said. “Genesis Marcum, he is wonderful. He’s a pastor out of Portsmouth.”

Concessions will be sold at the event, and a 50/50 raffle also will take place. Tickets, which are $10, will be sold at the door of the school, located at 350 Kings Fork Road. Doors open at 6 p.m., with the show starting at 7. Parsons said she expects the show to last about two hours and include an intermission.

The North Suffolk Circle of the King’s Daughters, one of about 40 circles in Hampton Roads, has been in existence for more than 28 years and has about 25 members. They also participate in the RunWalk for the Kids in June in Norfolk and in the Driver Days Fall Festival. They also write and sell cookbooks as a fundraiser.

The circle meets on the third Tuesday of each month at Driver’s Berea Christian Church, 4109 Driver Lane, at 6 p.m.

“We need people to help make little bears for our children in surgery and preemie hats, so we’d love to have people join,” Parsons said.