Whitesburg KY

Free benefit concert to feature ‘Voice’ contestant

Show set for Saturday at River Park

17-year-old country music singer Ethan Lively has been one of the youngest contestants on Season 20 of NBC’s “The Voice.” He is from Coalfield in east Tennessee.

17-year-old country music singer Ethan Lively has been one of the youngest contestants on Season 20 of NBC’s “The Voice.” He is from Coalfield in east Tennessee.

A benefit concert for a Letcher County-based nonprofit that provides birthday parties for children in need will be held this weekend in Whitesburg.

The concert, “The Birthday Fairy Benefit Show,” will be held Saturday, April 17 at River Park in Whitesburg beginning at 5 p.m. The event is a fundraiser for the Letcher County-based nonprofit organization “The Birthday Fairy,” which provides birthday party supplies to children whose families may otherwise not be able to afford it.

Headlining the event is performer Ethan Lively, who is a current contestant on the television musical competition show “ The Voice,” and local troubadour Cory Harris.

Birthday Fair board member and event co-organizer Samantha L. Mullins said the organization has benefitted more than 50 families since being formed in January, and fundraising efforts are necessary to allow the group to continue to benefit families across the region.

“Events like this one are so important to small organizations like ours,” Mullins said. “The four of us work tirelessly to raise funds for our nonprofit and provide as many parties and gifts as we can but sometimes we fall short because we can only do so much. We have had times when we had to turn people away due to lack of funding.”

The Birthday Fairy was formed January 1 and has since provided supplies for 25 complete birthday parties and also provided other needed supplies for 30 other parties.The organization’s efforts benefit children up to 17 years of age and people with disabilities up to any age. The Birthday Fairy is a certified 501(c)3 nonprofit organization which is funded entirely through donations and the work of board members Mullins, Kayla Morton, Samantha E. Mullins and Robin Ison, and other volunteers.

“Our goal is to find ways to bring in enough money to provide for every individual who applies for our services,” Samantha L. Mullins said.

Saturday’s benefit concert will also feature food and soft drinks for purchase from vendors including Junior’s Hibachi and Frost Bite Shaved Ice, with a portion of the sales benefitting the Birthday Fairy. There will also be a rubber duck game for kids to win prizes.

Harris, a Letcher County native who has developed a local following through his music and through performances at numerous events, said Saturday’s concert will not only benefit The Birthday Fairy organization, but also the public which is desperate for live music offerings following a year of a global pandemic and the shutdowns that resulted.

“This area is starving for things like this … after the year we’ve had with COVID, things are just harder all around,” Harris said. “Money is tight, community events like festivals and concerts have been canceled, so I think this event will be big for everyone, giving people a chance to get out and enjoy something in town and not be stuck at home. So, thanks to Samantha and The Birthday Fairy for asking Ethan and I to be a part of it. We get to help and have fun doing what we love to do.”

Saturday’s concert has no set ending time. Admission is free.

“The amount of funding and awareness to The Birthday Fairy that this benefit concert will bring will absolutely make a difference for us,” Mullins said. “We are so grateful.”

More information about The Birthday Fairy can be found on the organization’s Facebook page.

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