By Tia Lynn Ivey managinig editor
The Third Annual Show Hope Benefit Concert raised about $900 last Friday to aid orphans and adoptive parents. MaCayla Cook, a volunteer for the Nashville-based charity and teen musician, performed at Perk Avenue in Madison, along with Laura Gregg Hardester, Heyward Woody Woodward, Caleb Williams, Logan Nation, Daniel Prior and more. The concert featured a variety of country, pop and folk music, both covers and originals. “It was amazing to be able to do it again, and I was so happy with the way everything turned out!” said Cook. 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. 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.
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 assisted in providing information about Show Hope and adoption aid during the concert. MaCayla also distributed concert-goers with pamphlets 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 also 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.”