Enjoy the music, help Hope Station: Music for Hope is Aug. 23

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The eighth annual Music for Hope Concert Aug. 23 will include a host of performers.

The 7 p.m. event is at First Christian Church.

The concert series began in 2012, according to Casey Childers, minister of music and organist at First Christian.

When the Rev. Gary Walling was called to be the minister of First Christian Church in Wilson, his wife, Linda Walling, came to Hope Station as the executive director. 

“It was at this time that she brought to light the desperate needs that this shelter and food pantry needed,” Childers said.

It was Childers who had the idea to bring musicians together to share in a concert to benefit Hope Station.  “Organizations have fundraisers like 5Ks all of the time. Why not a concert?” she said.

Members of the music community look forward to this concert every year, Childers said.

The 2019 concert will consist of a 90-minute concert followed by a reception for concert goers to meet the musicians.

This year’s concert will feature a number of names, with more being added as it gets closer to the event.

Current performers for the event include Elizabeth Winstead with members of her vocal studio, The Singers Studio Jah’Mez Moore, Alex Guyton-Lange, Hannah McLaughlin and Zy’Miracle Kearney; Caleb Skinner, Bobbi Jo Bone, Marvin Rawls Jr., Matt Joyner, Cory Whaley, Hannah Slaughter and B.J. Lawrence, vocals; various members of Wilson church choirs, The Wilson Community Chorus and the West Nash Methodist Choir; Chris Pharo, organist; David Scott, tenor saxophone; JonTyle Jobe, Sadie Page, Dexter Ruffin and Johnny Sullivan, piano; and Rod Werline, guitar.

A freewill offering will be received to support Hope Station’s new and on-going programs to alleviate homelessness and hunger in Wilson.