Florida Keys News - Key West Citizen
Friday, March 22, 2013
Concert helps hungry kids

The Woman's Hope concert, 8 p.m. tonight at the Tennessee Williams Theatre, will help feed needy kids.

Hits from Broadway musicals to Irish ballads will be part of the annual event, which benefits a different nonprofit each year. Proceeds in 2013 will go to the Backpacks for Kids program at the Inez Martin Child Development Center, operated by Wesley House Family Services.

That's the word from organizer/musical director/singer Kim Gordon, on the annual concert, taking place at 8 this evening in the lobby of the Tennessee Williams Theatre, 5901 College Road on Stock Island.

The theater is on the campus of Florida Keys Community College.

"It's all for a good cause, for sure, but it's also going to be just a really great show," said Gordon.

"It's an all-star lineup, playing just about every style of music, that you can only see on stage once a year. It's a real labor of love for me and all the other performers."

The Woman's Hope Concert, now in its seventh year, was conceived by Gordon as a volunteer effort by her fellow members at the Key West Woman's Club.

The show is indeed a virtual who's who of Key West's finest female singers and musicians, including Kathleen Peace, Melody Cooper, Christine Naughton, Deb Hudson, Maj Johnson, Fiona Malloy, Valerie Carr, Adrienne Zolondick and Susan Butler. They'll be performing everything from Broadway musical song, Irish ballads, jazz favorites, rock, pop, blues and more.

Funnyman Chad Newman will emcee the concert.

And this year, for the first time, Paul Cotton -- known for his tenure with 1970s country rockers Poco -- will be the special guest star. He will belt out three of his biggest hits, including his Top 20 Billboard smash "Heart of the Night."

"So far, these concerts have raised over $140,000 for needy people in the Keys," Gordon said. "Every year we choose a nonprofit that really needs our help. In the past we've been able to contribute to organizations like the Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition, the Boys Girls Clubs of the Keys and Womankind.

"This year, all the proceeds from ticket sales, sponsorships, and individual donations will go to help Backpacks for Kids. It costs them about $1,000 per week to run the program, and we'd like to see them be able to expand it."

Wesley House Executive Director Doug Blomberg on Thursday expressed gratitude for the help the concert will bring.

"We really want to thank the Woman's Hope Concert, Kim Gordon, and the Key West Woman's Club for helping support our Backpacks for Kids nutrition program," Blomberg said.

The concert will also be recorded for possible release as another fundraising tool, Gordon said, and donations to the Woman's Hope fund are still being accepted.

Tickets for the concert are $45.

Buy them at the theater box office, www.keystix.com or by calling 305-296-1520.

For more information, call 305-745-2030.


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