By CAROLINE MURRAY
Recorder News Staff
MAYFIELD -- After a local family lost their home and possessions in a house fire, the Mayfield United Methodist Church organized a benefit concert to help raise money for a new home and give local artists a chance to shine on stage.
The concert takes place Saturday at 2 p.m., and invites all to enjoy a show chock-full of local musicians and entertainers, for a good-will donation.
"We are trying to get some funds and get them a home before the winter comes around," Ray Langley said, local musician and chairman of the concert. "We are using local talent, no big names, all local which is great ... got some good talent."
Nine different performers, including one comedian are scheduled to entertain at the church's sanctuary. Laywoman Sandy Aesch said the venue can hold up to 200 people, and they hope to fill every seat.
All proceeds collected that afternoon will be donated to the St. Louis family, whose home was razed during a fire this summer.
Rebecca St. Louis said the community has been exceptionally generous since her family lost their house at 107 Verkalier Lane in Mayfield.
She said the person who owns the lot, helped them buy a new trailer. However, the old one still has to be removed, and the family is in need of new furniture once the home is in place.
Currently, her two young kids and husband Jeremy are splitting their days living in a camper on their property, or at her husband's great grandmother's house.
St. Louis said bouncing from house to house is wearing on her four-year-old son Wyatt, and one-year-old son Jase.
She yearns for the day her family can settle down into a new home and not worry about a place to sleep at night.
"It has been rough," she said. "My kids have had a real hard time adjusting to it all."
St. Louis said her trailer burned to the ground July 2, due to an electrical malfunction. The blaze wiped out all the contents.
Luckily for the family, no one was home during the fire. However, the St. Louis' did lose their 9-year-old dog during the blaze.
St. Louis said they recently adopted a new pup -- the daughter of the dog who passed away and whose friend could no longer take care of her -- and named her Tinkerbell.
The family is in need of furniture and funds for the home.
The benefit on Saturday was the church's idea -- St. Louis said the administration approached her family asking for her permission.
"I can't thank people enough," St. Louis said.
Aesch said among the talent is local pianist Gary Clark, musical duo Jim and Sue Langlois of Fultonville and guitarist Langley. Refreshments will follow the musical performances.
Aesch said some popular and secular music will be played. She said all of the donations are going toward the family's needs, and the church will absorb the costs to put on the concert.
"It means a lot," St. Louis said. "I didn't realize there were so many people willing to help us."