BY MAYAH COLLINS
THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
Raising funds to help get one step closer to finding a cure for cancer is priceless, according to Jack Evans.
Evans, who serves as emcee, vocalist and guitarist for the Rocky Hock Opry, he and other group members have been involved with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life in Chowan County for many years.
Now, for the very first time, they will bring their program to Edgecombe County to help add funds to the Relay total. As of 8:30 Saturday morning, a total of $154,770.22 had been raised.
The cast will perform at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday in McIntyre Auditorium on the Tarboro campus of Edgecombe Community College.
Cast members will include local singer Kaitlyn Flythe, the Opry Boys Quartet, Donnie Pierce, Dan Laino, Stan Harrell, Flatbilly Bob (Steve Evans) and Cindy Lewis.
Flythe, 18, has been a part of the show for four years and Evans said he is excited to perform in her hometown.
She has been sharing her gift of song since the age of 4 and over the years, she has performed at local churches and civic organizations.
“We organized this band and show (in 2004) to raise funds for the American Cancer Society,” Evans said. “With Kaitlyn being in the show for all of these years, we would love to go to Edgecombe and put on a show for them. I’m really looking forward to raising funds for them. That’s what we’re all about.
“Everyone in the band is committed to doing all we can for the American Cancer Society. All proceeds will go to the (American) Cancer Society. These shows give us the opportunity to keep doing what we love.”
The shows are a way for each cast member to celebrate their talents while raising money to help discover a cure for cancer, the No. 2 cause of death in Americans second to heart disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Our goal is to continue producing the Opry since most of us have been touched by cancer,” Evans said. “Our hope is that through continued research and development, a cure for this dreaded disease will be found in our lifetime. Your support of the Opry will greatly help this endeavor.”
The Rocky Hock Ruritan Club has sponsored a Relay team each year in Chowan County. Since the beginning, the cast of the show decided that every dime of profit would be donated to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life through the Ruritan Relay team. Since that time, the team has raised and contributed over $275,000.00 to the American Cancer Society mainly through the efforts of the Rocky Hock Opry.
Tickets are for the Tarboro shows are $10 each and may be purchased at Ace Hardware, Ribeyes, Providence Bank, County Sunrise or any Edgecombe County Relay team.
For more information, contact Sam Flythe at 823-4591 or Marlou Coker at 903-9352.