Rector is gearing up for its fourth big concert benefiting the RHS Helping Hands Foundation, this year featuring Jason Crabb, named last week at the Gospel Music Association's annual Dove Awards as Male Vocalist of the Year and Artist of the Year, country and gospel artist Jimmy Fortune, formerly with the Statler Brothers, and hot bluegrass group Dailey & Vincent, returning for the third time after winning repeated standing ovations in their earlier visits.
Lighting will again be by Allen Branton, widely known as one of the top lighting artists in the world.
Tickets are going fast for the event, coming up Thursday, May 3, at the new air-conditioned state-of-the-art Rector High School gymnasium. A small number of $100 reserved VIP padded floor seats still are available, along with some general admission tickets at $25 for stadium seating (chairbacks) and $10 for bleacher seating.
Tickets are available for purchase by calling (870 595-3501 or (870) 595-3563 or by visiting www.RHSHelpingHands.org. Tickets also are available at all Glen Sain Motors locations (Rector, Kennett and Paragould) and at Liberty Bank in Rector. Those who purchase 10 tickets get two free (all 10 must be purchased in the same section and the two free tickets will be given in the purchased section).
The $100 tickets include a meet-and-greet with the artists, set to begin at 5 p.m. at the RHS cafetorium. Helping Hands student ambassadors and scholarship recipients will be introduced at 6 p.m. and the concert will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Doors at the gymnasium will open at 5 p.m.
The RHS Helping Hands Foundation is a unique organization which has won much recognition for its work in assisting temporarily disadvantaged students in the Rector school district. Through hundreds of grants given each year, the Foundation, established in 2006, has totally removed the stigma of poverty or a temporary financial setback which, before, prevented some kids from participating in school activities or sports programs or kept them from getting much-needed dental or vision care.
Now, if a need is identified by a committee of teachers and administrators, that need is quickly, quietly and discreetly met. Over the last six years, the Foundation has provided thousands of dollars for the purchase of athletic shoes and uniforms, band instruments and uniforms, field trips, meals, school supplies, eyeglasses, convention fees and much more.
In addition, the Foundation provides several scholarships, making a college education possible for some students who otherwise might find it impossible to locate needed funding.
Helping Hands is a 501(c)3 organization and all donations are tax deductible.