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Cook to raise funds for Show Hope organization

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By Tia Lynn Lecorchick Staff Writer

Local teenage musician, MaCayla Cook, a junior at Morgan County High School, is using her talents to put on a benefit concert this week to raise money for Show Hope, a non-profit adoption organization that cares for orphans in 50 countries and helps prospective parents adopt orphans. According to Cook, an official advocate for the organization, Show Hope uses the money raised to provide medical care for orphans and to provide money for families that want to adopt but can’t afford it. Cook will perform a benefit concert at Perk Avenue in downtown Madison on Friday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. There will be no cover charge, but donation buckets will be set up to collect money and 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to Show Hope. Cook, as an official advocate for Show Hope, will also provide attendants with pamphlet sharing information on how to go about sponsoring an orphan. “It’s very exciting for me to be able to use music, which is my passion, to raise money for a cause that I’m also very passionate about,” said Cook. “I really hope I can get a large turnout from the community to raise as much money as possible for Show Hope! I am going to get some members of Morgan County Movement Club, which is a club that does service projects and raises money for Show Hope that I started last year to help me out with the event.” Last year, Cook raised $500 for Show Hope at the concert itself, and then people continued to donate afterwards, totaling $900 in donations for the cause. Cook herself has two younger adopted sisters from China, so she is passionate about raising support for orphans and awareness about adoption in general. “Show Hope is really dear to a lot of people, especially to our family,” said Deann Cook, mother of MaCayla Cook. “We are so very proud of MaCayla for doing this.”

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