This is the reality for many children who grow up in foster care, but Suitcase Full of Blues plans to change that. Four blues groups will convene at Martin Luther King Jr. Park uptown for a benefit concert from 1 to 7 p.m., April 30. This concert, inspired by Jimmy D. Rogers, has no price for admission — except the donation of a new or gently used suitcase or duffel bag.
Rogers came up with the idea while listening to the radio in his car. He said a story came on that discussed how demeaning it is for children to have nothing to carry their belongings in when they leave foster care or are transferred to a new home.
In addition to the musical entertainment at Suitcase Full of Blues, there will be clowns, face painting, balloons and a raffle with prizes and gift cards donated by local businesses such as Texas Roadhouse and Wal-Mart. Tickets will be six for $5 or $1 each and all money raised from the raffle will go to the Foster Child Enrichment Council. Courtney and Rogers hope for an excellent turnout if the weather cooperates. Local artist Kris Courtney has been credited with increasing awareness about the concert. At Suitcase Full of Blues, Courtney will begin to paint a canvas to be auctioned off that night.
Additionally, Courtney is going to have children at the concert help him finish his painting before it is sold in order to add a "special touch" to the artwork. For more information, visit www.kriscourtney.com
Donate a New or slightly Used Suitcase to give hope and inspire Butler County Foster Children.
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