The memorial concert will feature The Founding, a contemporary Celtic band from Kalamazoo. Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit Tommy’s House.
Diane Smith Pridgeon, organizer of the concert, explains, “The Ruth, Robert, Douglas, and Dean Smith Memorial Benefit Concert celebrates families. The concert began in 2001 to remember the lives of our family members who died tragically in a plane crash. Many in Branch County helped our family through great loss. As a response to that love and to honor their lives, this evening gives thanks to Branch County and at the same time supports a charity. The concert is an event all can enjoy; proceeds are given to the charity selected. This evening celebrates life, love, and God’s gift of music. As this year’s charity, Tommy’s House, gives hope to one woman at a time, the concert impacts one charity at a time.”
Pridgeon chose The Founding, a Progressive Celtic band from Kalamazoo, Michigan, for the concert this year. With their unique, energetic, and powerful approach to songwriting, they strive to constantly push the boundaries of the Irish and Scottish music traditions. Over the past two years The Founding has become one of the premier acts in their genre in Michigan and promises to be one of the best of its kind.
Over the years, different non-profits have benefited from this event, including Habitat for Humanity, the local food pantry and health clinic, Hospice, Family Promise, and others.
Tickets are $10 for everyone; additional donations are encouraged. All seating is general admission for this event.