Ford Set to Perform at Rector Benefit Event

Thursday, February 14, 2013
Lindsey Ford

Though she's only 17-years-old, Lindsey Ford of Rector has already logged countless hours performing for area crowds. This Saturday, the daughter of Kirk and Leah Ford will take the stage as part of the Chad Garrett and Friends concert event at the Rector Community Center. She will join Garrett and keyboardist Ken Wadley for the special benefit event.

"It's been a lot of fun, preparing for the concert," Ford said. "We practiced again the other night, and they (Garrett and Wadley) are just outstanding. I think it's going to be a really good show."

Ford has long been active in the arts. Noting she's been singing "all my life." She has performed numerous songs at church through the years, attending Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church, and has long been a part of the Rector High School drama department. In recent years, she has earned much fanfare for her rendition of the National Anthem at numerous Rector events.

"I've always enjoyed singing," Ford said. "I think I'll always enjoy singing, even if it's just with my family and friends."

Ford says she enjoys all types of music, but prefers performing gospel and country.

"Gospel music is very special to me," she said. "Ultimately, I know all our talents come from God."

Ford was asked to be a part of the show by Garrett, who has heard her sing at church services and events.

"I know Chad from church and have had the opportunity to hear him sing," Ford said. "I was flattered when I was asked to be a part of this concert."

Garrett has earned a reputation as a top-notch singer and song writer with over 20 years of experience in the area. He has sold out several performances at the Collins Theatre in Paragould with his blend of rock and roll, country, gospel and bluegrass.

Wadley has earned a long list of fans with his efforts as part of the beloved Ultimate Oldies Show. Wadley was part of a wildly popular performance at the community center during the 2012 Labor Day celebration.

The concert will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Rector Communality Center. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children 10 and under. Persons wanting additional information may call (870) 595-3035.

"We're very excited to have the opportunity to showcase three very talented performers," community center director Linda Robinson said. "I think it's going to be a fun show for people of all ages."

The Rector Community Center Committee is continuing its efforts to bring fun events to Rector while attempting to raise funds for continued improvements to the site. The community center recently received a matching grant in the amount of $13,662. As a matching grant, however, the community center must provide funding and resources of an equal amount in order to utilize the grant. With the use of resources and labor, the committee still needs over $8,000 in funds to match the grant.

With the center's craft show and chili cook-off events generating around $1,700, the committee still needs an additional $6,300 to meet the grant requirements.

"Our current project is to replace the lights in the multi-purpose area of the community center," Robinson said. "By installing a more energy efficient system, we can cut our light bill by two-thirds, which will make a big difference in our operating costs."

Robinson wishes to thank all those who have been involved in helping raise funds for the center, as well as those who have given their time to assist in bringing the aforementioned special events to the site.

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