Christian station benefit concert Saturday

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By John Friedlein


If you go Food Ministry Benefit concert Gates open: 11:30 a.m. Benefit begins: 1 p.m. Afternoon concert: 3 p.m. Evening concert: 7 p.m. Location: 13101 Raider Hollow Road, Upton Admission: three canned goods, minimum For more information, visit: www.wjcr.org/events.asp    By JOHN FRIEDLEIN


UPTON — A local Christian radio station plans to have its third annual Food Ministry Benefit on Saturday to help feed needy families and entertain those who go with music and other activities.

The big draw at the WJCR event will be Inspirational Country Music Awards winner Tommy Brandt, who will perform during a 7 p.m. concert, said station Vice President Lauree Powell.

She said she hopes the lives of those who attend the event will be changed by the music. “We’re a Christian ministry,” she said.

Also playing that evening will be Mike Manuel, Carson Howard and Nikki Headley.

Before they take the stage, afternoon performers will be: The Bowman Family; Dennis Bowling; Jackie Dixon and First Light; and the WJCR World Changers Band.

Also on tap are events including: a 1 p.m. cornhole contest, children’s activities, horse and buggy rides and a 5 p.m. auction. Plus, there will be a free dinner of barbecue, hotdogs, hamburgers and desserts.

Last year about 700 to 750 people attended the benefit, which brought in about 13,000 cans of food, Powell said. The station is expecting a crowd of 1,000 to 1,200 this year.

“It’s just a fun time,” she said.

The station — which will erect a tent that will seat 1,100 — has more than 200 acres. The setting is beautiful, Powell said.

Admission will be three canned goods. Also, love offering donations will be collected during the concerts.

“It’s all to benefit our Food Ministry,” Powell said. The event is an initiative of WJCR President Don Powell.

The station gives food to the needy each Wednesday. The effort feeds between 630 and 650 families, who can participate once a month. The number of those fed is continually growing, Lauree Powell said. And there have been more desperate situations during the past year.

WJCR — 90.1 FM — buys roughly 24,000 pounds of discounted food every month from several organizations, according to its Web site.

The person who brings the most canned goods to Saturday’s event will receive a handmade guitar. The award for second place will be a trip to Gatlinburg, Tenn.

John Friedlein can be

reached at (270) 505-1746.