Not long ago, I received an email from Dale Pierce to ask how he could learn more about Huntersville Connection and how he could get involved. He told me that he ran Rosedale Infectious Diseases, right behind the “old” Friendly’s building, in the medical buildings. To be honest, I never knew Rosedale Infectious Diseases even existed. But when Dale explained that his business was to help people in the community who were affected with the HIV virus, it occurred to me that Huntersville citizens probably don’t realize that the HIV virus still actively affects people around us.
But in learning more about what Dale does, it also hit me that Huntersville is so full of compassionate people.
So it is an honor for me to be posting information about Dale’s second annual “Evening of Hope and Inspiration” event on November 13. This concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Charlotte’s McGlohon theater…I encourage you to read more about it, learn more about another aspect of hope in our community and offer whatever support you can.
This annual event raises money for the Jeanne White Ginder Food Pantry, which assists clients at Rosedale and around the community, infected with the HIV virus, with emergency food assistance. Through this event, Rosedale ID strives to link their message of compassionate care and understanding to faith and inspiration through prayer, music, and fellowship.
This year’s event will feature a headlining concert by one of country gospels’ favorite family act, The Martins. Their last homerun took place amidst years of winning seasons which took them from the regional church platforms of Arkansas to the major leagues of the Gaither Homecoming stages, Carnegie Hall, The Grand Ole Opry and the White House. We last heard from the multiple Dove decorated/GRAMMY-nominated trio of siblings on their career retrospective Decade, a homage to the trio’s unmistakable harmonies and vast annals that have tastefully blurred the lines between southern Gospel, inspirational and contemporary Christian music. And even though it’s been several years since the group released an all-new studio CD, this June’s brand new album finds Arkansas natives and siblings Joyce, Jonathan and Judy picking up right where they left off, complete with some surprise plays. One of those surprises includes their working with producer and multi-platinum selling Rascal Flatts member Jay DeMarcus (whose studio credits also include rock luminaries Chicago, country favorite Jo Dee Messina and vocal powerhouse/frequent Martins collaborator Michael English).
Another exciting addition to this years’ event is the fact that Rosedale ID is recognizing community leaders with the Hope and Inspiration awards. These two very special awards will be given to individuals who inspire hope and demonstrate through their lives and careers a willingness to give back to others. Through their works they also inspire others to make a difference in our community.
This magical evening will hopefully inspire you to a platform of service this holiday season, while it also warms your hart, entertains, and maybe even surprises you.
Tickets for the event go on sale September 1, 2011 and can be purchased for $15- $20 for reserved seating (http://www.carolinatix.org/default.asp?tix=41) and all proceeds will benefit the Jeanne White Ginder Food Pantry.
For more details, you can check out the Second Annual Evening of Hope and Inspiration Facebook page.