By Tia Lynn Ivey
The Third Annual Show Hope Benefit Concert is slated for this Friday, April 8 at 7 p.m. at Perk Avenue, featuring the musical stylings of local teen musician, MaCayla Cook. There are also several other guest musicians playing or singing with MaCayla. These guests include Caleb Williams, Logan Nation, Daniel Prior, Woody Woodward, Kris Gloer, and Laura Hardester. There will also be an opportunity for people to put their names in a raffle drawing for prizes if they donate this year. “The Morgan County Red Bus Project Chapter has volunteered to help out with presentations, donations, and the raffle, along with a teacher sponsor Mrs. Sonya, who has been a huge help with everything for the past three years,” said MaCayla.
MaCayla, a senior at Morgan County High School (MCHS), began performing to raise money Show Hope, a non-profit adoption organization that cares for orphans in 50 countries and helps prospective parents adopt orphans, back in 2014.
“I am so excited to be performing a concert in benefit of Show Hope again. I hope that we have a great turn out so that we can make a large contribution to the work that’s being done for orphans and adoption!” said MaCayla.
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 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.
According to Deann Cook, MaCayla’s Mother, Show Hope “mobilizes individuals and communities to meet the most pressing needs of orphans in distress by providing homes for waiting children through adoption aid grants and life-saving medical care for orphans with special needs.”
“This month, Show Hope’s goal is their 20/20 Campaign, to bring 20 children home to 20 families by providing grants to help these families with the expense of adoption. Members of MCHS Red Bus Project club will assist in providing information about Show Hope and adoption aid during the concert. MaCayla 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!”
Last year, MaCayla raised about $900 for Show Hope, which was founded by a contemporary Christian artist, Steven Curtis Chapman, and is based out of Tennessee. Show Hope provides aid to orphanages around the world, particularly in China. MaCayla 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. “We are so very proud of MaCayla for doing this.”