Moonstone and Friends to headline New Haven benefit playing classic country

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The fourth annual Night Out for New Haven fundraiser will be this Friday night, April 19, at the Magnolia Civic Center. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and all seats are reserved at a cost of $10.

 Moonstone and Friends, an 11-member band, will perform classic country hits from country artists including Kenny Rogers, George Jones, Patsy Cline, Bob Wills and more. The vocalists include Ole Miss Chancellor Emeritus Dr. Robert Khayat, who also plays the guitar. Other instruments include steel guitar, fiddle, banjo, drums, saxophone, keyboard, and bass.

Moonstone and Friends

New Haven‘s High Hopes will open the show and sing again after intermission.

The center’s Faith, Hope and Love awards also will be presented for the third year to recognize individuals and groups who have provided outstanding help to the center.

 “It will be an evening of exceptional country music, but most importantly it will benefit the New Haven Clients,” Director Collett Cross said. “We need a new van before August and all proceeds from this event will go toward the purchase of a van.”

Cross said the center has 33 clients currently attending and she expects several more by the fall. Although the center was able to purchase a new bus a few years ago, their van is about seven years old with 110,000 miles on it and beginning to need costly repairs more often.

One of the key uses of the van is to transport clients home in the afternoon.

“Approximately 25 are transported home in the afternoon,” Cross said.  “The 15-passenger van won’t accommodate everyone; therefore, we have two routes. The route is approximately 80 miles long and takes three and a half to four hours. If we can add a second van, clients could stay at the center longer and it could reduce the travel time considerably.” 

Jack Brown, president of Community Ford, has agreed to locate a 15-passenger 2012 or 2013 low mileage van for New Haven, Cross said.  “He said ‘no profit for a non-profit’ meaning that New Haven will purchase for the same price that he does. The purchase price for the van is anticipated to be approximately $25,000.”

According to Brown, suppliers for program vans usually rotate their vans before summer vacations begin, Cross said.  New Haven needs the van for the new year which begins in August, so the van needs to be purchased preferably before the first of July.

“New Haven will receive all proceeds from the show,” Cross emphasized.  “This charity event for New Haven is possible because of the generous and caring spirit of Union County native Curtis Downs who is underwriting the cost of this splendid musical production. We are fortunate that Mr. Downs considers New Haven worthy of his interest and support.”

The Night Out for New Haven series began in 2009 with a musical program to launch a fundraising campaign to purchase a handicapped accessible bus.  The community’s response was overwhelming.  Funds were raised and the bus was purchased within six months.

Tickets for Friday night’s program are available at the UCDA office or can be reserved by calling 534-4354 or calling Collett Cross at 316-0808







Night Out for New Haven Poster 2013.pdf




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