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Benefit concert for veterans planned

Sunday, November 4, 2012

SIKESTON -- A Veterans Day concert in Kentucky featuring a Sikeston singer will make this Christmas a little merrier for some struggling families.

A benefit concert featuring country, gospel and bluegrass music will take place from 2-4 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Gracepoint Church, 111 West Vaughn, in Mayfield, Ky.

"We're working on flyers right now," said Trisha Ann Matthes. While she lives in Mayfield, she still considers Sikeston to be home.

"From age 3 till up to three years ago I lived in Sikeston and sang gospel music," Matthes said. "I was with a group there called 'New Beginnings.'"

In addition to Matthes, the concert will feature musicians recruited for the event from two organizations Matthes has become active with since moving to Kentucky.

"We're going to have members of the Tennessee Country Gospel Music Association and the Kentucky County Music Association as well as some other area musical artists," Matthes said. "There has been a lot of people contacting me that want to be a part of this."

Matthes is looking forward to one performance in particular: her husband, singer-songwriter Carl Graham, will use the event to introduce a new song called "Tribute to a Veteran."

"It was written about one of his great friends in Colorado," she explained.

And the cause is a good one, according to Matthes.

"The money from this concert is going toward the Christmas Outreach program which will be Dec. 22," she explained. "It's a great honor to help in this."

The Christmas Outreach is being organized by Jennifer Hughes, wife of the Gracepoint Church's pastor, Jim Hughes.

"This will be my first one in Kentucky: we took over this church about a year and half ago," Hughes said. "My husband and I have been ministering for over 20 years. This will be the first Christmas Outreach here but we have done them all over the country so we are very experienced at them."

Tickets for the Veterans Day concert will be available at the door. The cost is by donation.

"We are asking for a donation of a toy of at least a $10 value or for monetary donations for the purchase of gift cards and other gifts," Hughes said.

Matthes said helping to raise money for the Christmas Outreach is a particularly special opportunity for her as her family once was on the receiving end of such an effort.

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