Benefit Concert for Fire Victims Sets Good Cause to Music

By: Jennifer Rizzi Email
By: Jennifer Rizzi Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Performers and audience members alike shared in musical expression Sunday afternoon at the First Baptist Church Sunday afternoon in Charleston.

A concert was held to benefit victims of the tragic Arlington Avenue fire.

Proceeds will help relatives of the nine people who lost their lives in the blaze -- seven of whom were children.

But it wasn't just about the victims. The concert also raised money for first responders in the community who did their best to prevent the loss of life.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Male Chorus and the Appalachian Children's Chorus led the crowd in songs of worship and praise.

"It's really just to stop and take a moment to have an event where people can express themselves," said MLK chorus spokesman Bil Hairston. "Where people can think about the fact that all of this has happened, but also raise money for those who need it."

Family and friends say they know time will heal their pain, but for now, the grieving process is still leaving many with raw emotions.

"We believe that this is something that you will eventually accept, but we understand and we pray and we cry," Hairston said.

Pocketbooks opened as donations piled up. Attendees say they were moved to give by the spirit of music, and it's common language among all who appreciate it.

"I think we haven't tapped into the real healing power of music," said attendee Timothy Court.

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