Hope will sing through square
Breast cancer has affect- ed numerous families in Newton County, but everywhere you look — especially downtown — there are signs of hope. And on Sunday there will also be sounds of hope.
Local musicians Mack McKibben and The Drive Time Band, Madison Lunt and Drew Parker will perform during the second annual Sounds of Hope concert from, 4–5:30 p.m., Sunday on the square. The concert is free.
The concert kicks off October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month events, along with the annual Portraits of Hope program, where photo portraits of cancer survivors are displayed at downtown
Covington businesses. This year there are more than 60 portraits, so they’ll be displayed in stores extending beyond the square, according to local volunteers.
The concert was added for the first time last year, because McKibben, whose wife Deborah McKibben is a breast cancer survivor, volunteered to put on a concert to raise money for the breast cancer research.
“I think everyone has been affected somehow by this horrible disease in one way or another,” McKibben said last year. “This is just a way to cheer on these ladies and say ‘We love you, we admire you and we really want to support you.’”
The 11-member Drive Time Band draws influences from its members’ backgrounds in jazz, blues, country metal, pop and symphonic backgrounds, while Parker is a country music singer and songwriter and Lunt is a singer.
Sponsorships are avail- able, and for $250 a person or organization can reserve eight chairs and a table for the concert; proceeds benefit The Hope Boutique at Newton Medical Center. Call the hospital’s volunteer office at 770-7886553.
National Breast Awareness Month is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research.
Newton Medical Auxiliary volunteer Kay Goff said the auxiliary has been putting portraits out for about the past eight years. She said the event started with 12 portraits and has grown to 62 portraits this year.
“It’s a wonderful awareness tool,” Goff said, noting that a lot of people walk along the square and see the portraits. “They see and read the stories, and say ‘I haven’t had a mammogram in five years,’ and call us for information. It works great.”
The portraits are taken by local photographer Kaye Plitt.
Newton Medical Center volunteers Kay Goff and Stephanie Lunt, both former cancer survivors, hold up photos of local breast cancer survivors as part of the Portraits of Hope program, which places portraits of survivors around downtown businesses.