Because so many worthy nonprofits are fundraising at the end of the year, and it’s so hot in Arkansas in July that all Arkansans are dreaming of cool ways to celebrate, Methodist Family Health is partnering with the White Water Tavern in Little Rock to host the 2nd annual SHINE-ola benefit concert. Arkansas singer-songwriter Jason Lee Hale and his band, The Personal Space Invaders, are back with musical acts including Bill Holloway, Runaway Planet, Steve Davison, The Mark Simpson Trio, Amy Garland, Brian Nahlen Band, The Salty Dogs, Cherise Martini and the Peacekeepers, and Tommy Branch, Jr. This good time with good folks will benefit the state’s children who are abandoned, abused, neglected and struggling with psychiatric, behavioral, emotional and spiritual issues.
“We want to raise money to purchase Christmas gifts at the end of the year for about 250 Arkansas kids who will be in the care of Methodist Family Health on Christmas Day,” said Jason Lee Hale, organizer of the 2nd annual music event. “All the money from the ticket sales will go directly to Methodist Family Health Foundation, which will use those funds to purchase gifts for these kids who otherwise wouldn’t have anything to open on Christmas Day. For some, this may be the first time they have ever received anything like a Christmas present from anyone. When I told these musicians about this need, they couldn’t wait to help.”
The 2nd annual SHINE-ola benefit concert will be held 6-10 p.m. at White Water Tavern at 2500 W. 7th St. in the Stifft Station neighborhood of Little Rock on Saturday, July 22. SHINE-ola is a spin on Hale’s original song, “This is the Time to Shine,” which he wrote and performed for Methodist Family Health’s SHINE campaign. The bands and performers are contributing their time and talent to showcase the importance of mental health services for children and families in the state while helping Arkansans enjoy some homegrown music.
“Methodist Family Health has been helping Arkansans since 1899 when they began as the Arkansas Methodist Orphanage,” said Hale. “In the more than 120 years since they were founded, Methodist Family Health has become a complete, statewide continuum of care for children who are struggling with mental health, behavioral and emotional issues. I had no idea of all the ways Methodist Family Health helps in the community, and it’s my honor as well as the performers on this slate to work with them any way we can.”
For tickets, visit https://www.whitewatertavern.com/shop/tickets/2 or purchase at the door on Sat., July 22. For more information about SHINE-ola or Methodist Family Health, please visit https://www.methodistfamily.org/.
Jason Lee Hale and The Personal Space Invaders and Bill Holloway
The Mark Simpson Trio
Brian Nahlen Band
The Salty Dogs
Cherise Martini and the Peacekeepers
Tommy Branch, Jr.
White Water Tavern, 2500 W. 7th St., Little Rock, AR 72205
6-10 p.m., Sat., July 22, 2023
$10 cover. Purchase online at White Water Tavern or at the door July 22
About Methodist Family Health
Founded in 1899 as the Arkansas Methodist Orphanage, Methodist Family Health’s mission is to provide the best possible care to those who may need our help. A statewide continuum of care, Methodist Family Health each year serves thousands of Arkansas children and their families who are abandoned, abused, neglected and struggling with psychiatric, behavioral, emotional and spiritual issues. Methodist Family Health has locations throughout the state, including the Methodist Behavioral Hospital in Maumelle, psychiatric residential treatment facilities, qualified residential treatment programs, a therapeutic day treatment program, outpatient counseling clinics, school-based counseling clinics, a grief center for children and their families, and the Arkansas Center for Addictions Research, Education and Services (Arkansas CARES).