|The Donna Sink Pediatric Fund helps children with severe illnesses|
Directors of the Donna Sink Pediatric Fund present a donation to Jordan Sink and his mother, Barbara Chaney. Jordan is now recovering from kidney transplant surgery. Above, from left, are Karen Shively, Sontag Principal Denny Robey, Jordan, Chaney, Teresa Hodges and Jeanette Mullins.
Friday, February 7, 2014
By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer
The ninth annual bluegrass and gospel concert for the Donna Sink Pediatric Fund is set for Saturday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. in the Franklin County High School auditorium.
In the last nine years, donations to Franklin County families from the pediatric fund have totaled over $51,000.
The fund, which was established in the name of Donna Sink, a teacher assistant at Sontag Elementary, provides money to local families who have children with significant medical expenses.
"Each year, this concert has been a celebration, a tribute to a dedicated educator, a time to recognize recipient families and a time to enjoy exceptional local talent," said Sontag Principal Denny Robey. "During her time at Sontag Elementary, Donna distinguished herself by displaying extraordinary care to all children, but particularly to those in need."
The fund has provided assistance for a wide range of medical conditions, including kidney disease, congenital heart problems, cancer, gastrointestinal complications, blood disorders and neuromuscular disorders.
The annual concert features local performing groups, and all proceeds benefit the fund.
The Haw Patch Mountain Boys and Southern Breeze will return this year, along with the Harwell Grice Band. New to the music line-up will be Steve Shively & Wildfire.
"This will be a reunion of sorts for the Wildfire band," said Robey. "Many of these band members played together earlier and went on to successful music careers. But they have settled back home now and their music sounds better than ever."
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 4-12, and children 3 and under are admitted free.
"The concert is a benefit in the truest sense of the word," said Robey. "Those in attendance will enjoy great music for a great cause. We hope to fill the high school's auditorium again. Please bring the entire family and join with us."