The 14th Annual Donna Sink Pediatric Fund Concert will take place on Saturday, Feb. 23, 6 p.m. at the Franklin County High School auditorium. This year’s program will feature two bluegrass groups, the Conner Family and the Harwell Grice Band.
The Donna Sink Pediatric Fund was started 14 years ago to honor a former teacher assistant at Sontag Elementary who exemplified the best of giving care to children in need. The mission of the Donna Sink Pediatric Fund is to provide help to Franklin County families who have children with significant medical needs. The fund is a nonprofit, tax exempt organization. To date the organization has distributed more than $75,000 to families in Franklin County.
This year marks the second time the Conner Family has participated in the Donna Sink Concert. The Conner Family, originally from Covington, resides in Boones Mill. The Conner Family consists of two brothers, Vance and Victor Conner, and two sisters, Marva Turner and Lisa Ratliff who have played bluegrass and bluegrass gospel music since 1971. They have produced three recorded albums: A Gathering with the Youngest Grass Alive (1977); Echoes of the Past (2000); and Mamma’s Favorites (2006).
The Harwell Grice Band, originating in Franklin County, has been together more than 15 years. Founding members Josh Grice and Gabe Robey have been together from the beginning. Josh serves as the “front man” with lead vocals, rhythm guitar, and original songs.
Gabe Robey is a guitarist and singer who keeps the group’s upbeat tempo on track. Stewart Werner on banjo is well known in bluegrass circles throughout Franklin County and beyond and has been with the group more than 11 years. Brian Muller plays the mandolin and is from Christiansburg.
The latest member to join the group is bassist Greg Honeycutt from Salem, adding a driving beat to the band’s sound. The Harwell Grice Band has performed in venues all over Virginia, including spots like Floydfest, the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Festival and Franklin County’s Harvester Center.
Tickets will be sold at the door and cost $12 for adults, $5 for children ages 4-12 and children under age 4 are admitted free.