This concert began in 2012 with quite a long program! When 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. Casey Childers, Minister of Music and Organist at First Christian had an idea to bring musicians together to share in a concert all to benefit Hope Station. Organizations have fundraisers like 5ks all of the time.... why not a concert?
This concert has become a tradition and one that members of the music community look forward to every year. The 2021 concert will consist of an approximate 90 minute concert followed by a reception for concert goers to meet the musicians.
This year's concert will feature a host a number of names with others pending. Current performers include: Elizabeth Winstead, Lauren Hong, Amy Shortt, Andrew Childers, Caleb James Skinner, Corey Whaley, Matthew Joyner, BJ Lawrence, voice; The West Nash Methodist Choir; members of Wilson area churches, Chris Pharo, organist; David Scott, tenor saxophone; Dexter Ruffin, piano with others to come.
To help encourage the safety of everyone, we are encouraging everyone to view the concert via livestream through First Christian Church's YouTube Channel. This channel is: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCX-jY1UM_bZ5ckXBaKNqELA
It can also be accessed by way of our church website, http://www.fccwilson.org, scrolling down and clicking on the large, red, YouTube icon.
Donations may be given to Hope Station via: https://onrealm.org/fccwilson/-/give/now and designating "Music for Hope Donation" in the memo line.
Thank you for your understanding!
Artists: Elizabeth Winstead, Dexter Ruffin, Matthew Joyner, Caleb Skinner
Time: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm