Charleston Music Fest To Be Held April 5
All Proceeds To Benefit Arkansas Children’s Hospital
Good food, good music and good times all for a great cause are coming to Charleston on Saturday, April 5, 2014. The Charleston Music Fest, to benefit Arkansas Children’s Hospital, will be held on that date from 3pm to 11pm at the Charleston Fairgrounds.
The Music Fest will feature Cody Sosebee as Master of Ceremonies, along with Aaron Stewart, Jonathan Tedford, Heath Molton, Kendra Curbow, Jimmy Stengel, Southeast Sons, Wingnut and Nobody’s Darlins’.
The cost is $10 per person with free parking. Anyone 15 and under can get in free. All the proceeds from the Music Fest will go to Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
The idea for the benefit came about after Charleston residents Brandon and Rachel Fisher and their daughters, Lorelai and Harper, experienced first hand the benefits of Arkansas Children’s Hospital last year. Their daughter, Lorelai was diagnosed with a food-borne disease, which caused her to get a blood disorder called hemolytic-uremic syndrome or (HUS) on June 7, 2013. Lorelai was in Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) for two weeks receiving blood transfusions and dialysis to get her back to the healthy girl she was.
Last year was an awesome and exciting year for us, Brandon said. “We are a very lucky family to be able to work and live in the communities that we do. We got to see just how lucky we are firsthand in the summer of last year.”
While at ACH we were amazed at how many miracles are performed there every day, they said. I had always heard of kids going to ACH but never understood how truly lucky we are to have a place like this in our home state that is so very good at dealing with sicknesses in children, Brandon added. “We were astounded not only at the work done at ACH but also at the heartfelt donations and prayers that we received from our hometown communities. From Charleston to Ozark we had many people and churches praying for us through our tough time and that is what got not only Lorelai through, but also our entire family as well.”
After this experience Brandon and Rachel wanted to not only give back to the great nurses and doctors at ACH but also to the people that pulled them through back home.
There will be fun for the whole family. Included with the music will be a petting zoo, bounce-around, the Batmobile and more.
As the only pediatric hospital in the state of Arkansas, ACH provides life-changing healthcare to thousands of kids each year, Cara Fowler, Associate Development Officer in the ACH Foundation, said. Last year, the hospital recorded more than 337,000 patient visits. Patients come from every community in Arkansas and all of the surrounding states.
Gifts from donors are vital to the hospital, Fowler, said. “Philanthropy helps recruit excellent physicians and staff, purchase cutting-edge equipment for pediatric care, continue life-saving research and expand necessary education and prevent programs to make Arkansas a safer, healthier place to be a child.”
Fowler said she greatly appreciates the efforts of local fundraisers. It takes a lot of grains of sand to make a beach, Fowler said. Much in the same way these local fundraisers add up to be a tremendous help to ACH, she added. “Generous people staying active in their communities helps keep our doors open.”
Arkansas Children’s Hospital never turns away an Arkansas child, Fowler said. Last year ACH gave away over 20 million dollars in charity care.
The ACH Foundation is currently in the midst of the Century of Possibility Centennial Campaign, which was announced on March 5, 2012, the hospital’s 100th birthday. Through the fundraising campaign, the hospital has set a goal to raise $160 million to support pediatric care, research, education and prevention. Currently, the campaign has raised $145 million. It will conclude on December 31, 2014. “Until no child needs Arkansas Children’s Hospital, we need you,” Fowler said.
This is not a benefit for the Fisher family but one that hopefully will raise some money for a great cause and allow everyone to have some fun doing it, not only this year but in years to come.
A lot of hard work and planning has gone into the Music Fest. If anyone wants to help or has any ideas feel free to contact Brandon or Rachel Fisher through a message on Facebook, a call or a knock on the door. “We know how awesome our community is and we know that they will help make this a success,” Brandon said.
More details will be forthcoming as the time draws closer. For more information see their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/cmf4ach.