Posted by BARNAGRASS on Sunday, December 20, 2009
A benefit concert for the Rita Forrester Family will take place at the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia on Sunday, January 3, 2010 at 3:00 pm. The concert will be held to raise funds for the Forrester Family who lost their home and all their worldly possessions in a tragic house fire on December 6th.
The concert will feature many top performers in the bluegrass, old time, Celtic and Americana music. The concert will be in an “Opry Style” format with bands performing two songs each. All bands are donating their time and talents to this cause. Food will be available. Sound support will be donated by Sound Check Music of Bristol, Virginia. Tickets are only available at the door. A suggested donation of $10 is appreciated to support the Forrester Family. Rita Forrester’s friends and musicians who have performed at the Fold will present this concert. For information please visit www.mountainmusicmuseum.org or call 276-645-0035.
Early on Sunday morning December 6, 2009 flames destroyed the home of Rita and Bob Forrester on the A.P. Carter Highway near Hiltons, Virginia. Rita and her son Tyler escaped the flames but Bob did not make it out alive. Rita’s oldest son Justin, who lives nearby is safe as well. Everything the family owned was lost in the fire including both of the family automobiles and a family pet.
Rita is the granddaughter of A.P. and Sara Carter of the original Carter Family and her mother was the late Janette Carter who founded the Carter Family Fold in the 1970s. Rita is the director of the Carter Family Fold, which promotes and preserves bluegrass and old time music on the grounds where the original Carter Family lived and raised their families.
Your prayers and support are desperately needed immediately to uplift and help the Forrester family at this time.
If you cannot attend the concert, an account has been set up by friends and supporters for donations. No amount is too small in this time of need for this family. Please send contributions to:
The Rita Janette Forrester Fund
c/o BB&T Bank
110 Gateway Plaza
Gate City, Virginia 24251
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