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Covenant Foundation Presents Storytellers Evening to benefit Covenant Childrens’

03/31/2015

Annual fundraiser at the Cactus Theater moves from June to April

Covenant Health Foundation is bringing its annual fundraising event Storytellers to the Cactus Theater once again, moving it from a June event to April. The benefit, now in its 14 th year, is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. April 11 at the Cactus, with a 6 p.m. pre-party at McPherson Cellars and 10 p.m. after-party at Tornado Alley.

This year’s featured songwriters – all women – are Matraca Berg, Kimmie Rhodes and Leslie Satcher. Entertainment is produced by Jay Boy Adams. Event Chairs are Kelly and Terry Crofoot.

“I am thrilled to be a part of Storytellers this year,” said Kelly Crofoot. “It is always a fun night, and knowing that the proceeds will benefit Covenant Children’s just makes the night even more special. There are many opportunities in Lubbock to help others in need, and you always feel blessed to be able to be a part of something as special as this.”

Proceeds benefit a new multi-sensory therapeutic room at Covenant Children’s. Tickets are available by calling Lindsay Webb at (806) 725-6020.

The multi-sensory room will be designed to engage pediatric patients with a feeling of comfort and safety, a place where a patient can relax, explore and enjoy the surroundings. The room will support the positive development of children across a wide range of specific needs – allowing children with autism, cognitive disabilities, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy or brain injuries, to influence the environment in a positive way. Multi-sensory therapeutic rooms also promote pain relief and distraction from medical procedures and environments, while engaging children in a creative journey through self-expression.

About the Storytellers

Berg is an American country music/songwriter. She has released five albums and has charted in the top 40 of the US Billboard country charts with “Baby, Walk On” and “The Things You Left Undone.” Besides her own material, Berg has written hits for Trisha Yearwood, Deana Carter, Tanya Tucker, Randy Travis, Reba McIntire and many others. Berg had a No. 1 song with “The Last One to Know” recorded by McIntire. Berg recorded “Wrong Side of Memphis” which became a Top Ten hit for Yearwood. Berg also co-wrote “Strawberry Wine” which Deana Carter released as a single. Berg won the “Song of the Year” at the 1997 CMA Awards. She earned her first No. 1 at 18 and Grammy nomination at 22. In 2008 she was inducted in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Rhodes, a singer-songwriter from Lubbock, moved in 1979 to Austin, which she now calls “home.” Her multi-platinum selling songs have been recorded by such acts as Willie Nelson, Wynonna Judd, Trisha Yearwood, Amy Grant, CeCe Winans, Joe Ely, Waylon Jennings, Peter Frampton and Emmylou Harris. Rhodes has recorded and released 16 solo CDs, written and produced three musical plays and a catalogue of hundreds of songs, and published a novel/cookbook. She is producing radio documentary/music programming for her show “Radio Dreams,” which focuses on the history and musicology of American roots music and artists, and is also starring with Jaston Williams and Joe Ely in a theatrical production, “Is there Life after Lubbock?”

Satcher grew up singing in the churches and schools of Paris, Texas. In 1989, during a short trip to Nashville, a friend prompted her to record her voice over the tracks of country standards at The Barbara Mandrell Museum. Her talent as a songwriter was recognized by a friend from church, Guy Penrod of the Gaither Vocal Band, who encouraged her to show her work to Larry Strickland and Naomi Judd. Judd helped her hone her skills into a more commercial form. Seven years of cuts by artists such as Joe Diffie, Sara Evans, Lee Ann Womack, Wade Hayes, Reba McEntire, Vince Gill, Pam Tillis and Willie Nelson helped Satcher take the next step in her career. She is focusing on her second album as well as songwriting as a staff writer for Sony Tree ATV.

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CONTACT: Lindsay Webb, special events coordinator, Covenant Foundation, (806) 725-6020 or webbL1@covhs.org.

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