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Hoppie Vaughan to perform at CHAMPS fundraiser
Proceeds benefit local program for at-risk youth
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Courtesy Photo: The Bridge to Life Jazz concert to raise money for C.H.A.M.P.S. will take place Friday, March 21 at the Pigg River Community Center. Hoppie Vaughan & the Ministers of Soul will be the guest entertainer with performances by local talents André Peery, Cathy Mattox and Patice Holland.

Monday, March 10, 2014


Hoppie Vaughan & the Ministers of Soul will perform at a local fundraiser on Friday, March 21.

The sixth annual Bridge to Life Jazz concert, which raises money to support the Bridge to Life with C.H.A.M.P.S. (Community Helping, Assisting and Motivational Program for Students) program, will be held at the Pigg River Community Center and will include a soul food dinner.

The concert will also feature the local talents of André Peery, Cathy Mattox and Patice Holland.

Vaughan, a native of South Carolina, is a guitar and bass player, songwriter and performing artist who began playing through East Coast club circuits with the "Hollowpoint" band.

He has performed with bands in Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and Illinois and is currently the band leader for "The Ministers of Soul."

He performed countless sessions as a bass player and demo singer for local Nashville songwriters, publishers and producers.

In the last four years, Vaughan has released four CDs, including "Hoppiesongs," "Fat Daddy Band Live and Lovin' It," "Hoppie Vaughan & the Ministers of Soul" and "Meansville Road."

He now performs with "The Fat Daddy Band," "The Ministers of Soul," "The Pace Bros." and as a solo act.

In addition to Vaughan, the concert will feature local talents Peery, Mattox and Holland.

Peery is a former member of several bands, including "The Nobles" and "André and the Blue Flames." While serving in the United States Air Force, Peery was a member of "The Sensations," and after leaving the Air Force, he joined an Iowa band called "Spectra."

He is also the retired district executive for the V-Da-Li District (Franklin County) of the Blue Ridge Mountain Council of Boy Scouts of America, vice commander of the American Legion Post 111 and a United Way board member.

A Franklin County native for 18 years, Mattox is employed with the Department of Veterans Affairs as a a registered nurse and is the owner of Agape Consultant Services LLC. She is a member of First Baptist Church of Rocky Mount and has sung in the FBC New Beginnings choir for 15 years.

"I am very thankful for the portion that God has blessed me with," said Mattox. "I know that all my help comes from the Lord, and it is only through Him that I am able to do my best to be a blessing to others."  

Holland graduated in 2000 from Franklin County High School. She is a 2004 honor graduate of George Mason University and a 2007 graduate of Stetson University College of Law. Holland currently practices law in Roanoke.

Tickets for the dinner/concert are on sale now for $25 per person or $45 per couple. Tickets should be purchased in advance by Monday, March 17.

Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. with the concert ending around 9:30 p.m.

Retired associate superintendent of county schools Florella Johnson and retired teacher and administrator LaVerne Tiggle are again organizing the event.

Johnson and Tiggle are founders of the C.H.A.M.P.S. organization, which helps mentor at-risk youth from middle school through high school. Proceeds from the concert will go toward the program.

"We have motivational speakers that sometimes come to speak to the youth and we visit colleges," said Johnson. "We have taken the kids camping and visited Hotel Roanoke to teach etiquette. The money from this concert helps to fund these outings and activities."

Johnson said all monies supporting C.H.A.M.P.S. is established through fundraising efforts.

"We try to provide cultural experiences for the youth," she said. "We want to let them know that they can do it and we want to provide them with positive contacts."

C.H.A.M.P.S. also encourages community service.

"We're trying to get them to reach out to others," said Johnson.

The program also teaches banking and money-saving skills.

"Money from our fundraisers allows these kids to go places they would never even have thought they could go," said Johnson.

For tickets or more information, call (540) 483-8862, (540) 483-7436 or (540) 576-3978.

The Pigg River Community Center is located at 2410 S. Main Street in Rocky Mount.

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