POINT PLEASANT — A major concert and event is being planned to benefit the family of Bill and LaTanya Smith who lost two children and their home in a tragic house fire last month.
The all-day event is from 11 a.m. to midnight, Saturday, Feb. 8 at Point Pleasant Junior/Senior High School. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children (ages five -18) with 100 percent of proceeds going to the Bill and LaTanya Smith family. The couple has a 14-year old son, Tre, currently at Shriners Hospital in Cincinnati for treatment of serious burns he received escaping the house fire.
Brittany Franklin, who is a cousin to the Smith’s, is organizing the event along with the help of other volunteers. In addition to the concert, activities for those of every age are being planned, including a cake walk, face painting by Jode Rife, relay races, hair cuts, door prizes, karaoke, balloon animals, t-shirt sales, concessions and a silent auction. Franklin said “amazing” items are being added everyday to the auction. Events will take place in the commons area and gymnasium.
As for the concert in Wedge Auditorium, here is a listing of performers and times: Sarah Keefer 10:45 a.m.; Rick and Ginny Towe 11:00 a.m.; Fairview Bible Church Signing (American Sign Language) 11:25 a.m.; Joyce Banks 11:55 a.m.; White Oak Quartet begins at 12:15 p.m.; Jackie Freeman at 12:45 p.m.; Forever Blessed at 1 p.m.; Denise Bonecutter 1:35 p.m.; The Gloryland Believers 1:55 p.m.; The Community Choirs will get together at 2:30 p.m.; Ordinary People will perform from 3 - 4 p.m.; The Dub V’s 4:15-5 p.m.; French City Colony Chorus 5:15-6 p.m.
From 6-7 p.m. there will be numerous soloists, Cohen Yates and The Patriots of God, Logan Cochran, Lanea Cochran, Erika Hernandez, Brooklyn Hill and Dylan Walker, Jaquar Brown, Alexis Hill, Deanna Mattox Stewart.
Kendall Jay Jenkins 7:05-7:25 p.m.; Holly Peters and Laramie Roush 7:30-7:50 p.m.; Jason Cremeans and Kenny McKnight 8-8:45 p.m.; Jack Cochran, Shawn Hesson and Brittany Franklin 9-9:45 p.m.; Tweed Jacket 10-10:45 p.m.; 40lb Snapper 11 p.m. to midnight.
Franklin has organized four other benefits, saying she believes those events led to this one - one that unexpectedly involves family members.
“The incredible out pour of help in Point Pleasant, Gallipolis and other surrounding areas is truly beautiful,” Franklin said. “We as a community have come together to support the Smith family. William “Tre” Smith III (the third) is the strongest boy we know, he is a fighter. Bill and LaTanya Smith are humbled and grateful by all of the support. They have incredible faith in God, and your prayers are keeping them strong. The Smith family has helped so many people and everyone that speaks of them, has nothing but kind words. This community has stepped up and realized it is our turn to uplift a family that has changed many lives.”
For more information go to The Smith Family Benefit Concert Facebook page.