Country star headlines at charity benefit

Country/Folk legend, Emmylou Harris recently lent her star power to the Stay-Focused annual fundraiser, the proceeds of which will assist disabled persons to gain scuba certification with the charity.

According to organisers, the Grand Ole Opry inductee gave her longest ever solo performance at the event staged at a private residence in Snug Harbour.

Around 150 people attended the non-profit’s benefit evening, which also celebrated the non-profit’s fifth year of operation.

The event included: a champagne reception, sets by local performers Hi Tide, as well as speeches by Stay-Focused Founder and President Roger Muller and new diver Brian Siemann. Both men shared the stage with Special Olympian/Stay-Focused scuba diver Kevin Anglin and Jeremy Bush, who impressed the Stay-Focused team with how readily he took to diving. Both Kevin and Jeremy are clients at the Sunrise Training Centre, which shares a close association with the charity.

‘It was great to have our divers there surrounded by so many ‘Friends of Stay-Focused’. It was a truly memorable evening thanks to and our gracious hosts, Julian and Glenna Black.’

Brian, an 18-year-old New Jersey native, gave a personal account about how learning to dive with Stay-Focused had given him a sense of freedom, and had impacted his outlook on life. The athlete also mentioned he now dedicates each track performance to the Stay-Focused dive team.

Multi Grammy winner, Ms Harris sang around 20 songs and extended her hour-long set by a further 15 minutes.

The 61-year-old performer gave a riveting performance during which she bantered with the audience and gave amusing, often self-deprecating, anecdotes about her long and illustrious career.

Performing mainly unplugged and unaccompanied except for one of her five guitars, the Country Queen’s clear and distinctive voice soared over the audience and across Snug Harbour’s gardens and canals. Singing a set filled with old favourites for her die-hard fans and newer tracks, she gave a truly stellar performance.

Held under the stars in an elegant garden, attendees clearly knew they were in the presence of one of the genres finest musicians.

Adding to the ambience of the memorable evening was the d├ęcor, put together by Celebrations, which also donated the floral arrangements. The evening was catered by Azzuro. The Stay-Focused fundraiser finished at around midnight and each guest was given a copy of Ms Harris’s latest CD.

For further information on the work of Stay-Focused contact Mr. Muller on [email protected]