2018-06-07 / Living

Local band headlines benefit concert at Riverview Park

By Ben Gagnon
810-452-2661 * bgagnon@mihomepaper.com


1 Fifty will headline the 4th Annual Family Promise Benefit Concert. From left to right. Dennis Robertson (Guitar), Nikki Hawley (Keyboards and Vocals), Joe Williams (Bass Guitar), Autumn Supernaw-Halbedel (Lead Vocals), and Bruce Arthurs (Drums and Vocals). 1 Fifty will headline the 4th Annual Family Promise Benefit Concert. From left to right. Dennis Robertson (Guitar), Nikki Hawley (Keyboards and Vocals), Joe Williams (Bass Guitar), Autumn Supernaw-Halbedel (Lead Vocals), and Bruce Arthurs (Drums and Vocals). FLUSHING — Since its inception in 2015, the Annual Family Promise Benefit Concert has helped to raise funds for homeless families across Genesee County.

On June 16, the event will return for its fourth year at Riverview Park in Flushing, featuring a wide variety of live music from 2 to 6 p.m. In addition, there will be face painting, a bounce house, refreshments and many more family activities.

There is no admission cost, but donations are welcome to support Family Promise of Genesee County.

Headlining the show will be Flushing-based rock group 1 Fifty, which has performed at each of the first three concerts.

“We’re absolutely floored to be connected with Family Promise of Genesee County,” said Joe Williams, the band’s bass guitarist. “It will be a great day of music in the park.”

1 Fifty will be joined by bands from four local churches: Fenton United Methodist Church, Holly United Methodist Church, Calvary United Methodist Church and Transfiguration Lutheran Church. Listeners will get to hear several different genres of music, including rock, country gospel and traditional gospel.

Williams described 1 Fifty as a Christian rock band with an edgy, contemporary tone comparable to iconic CCM groups DC Talk and Kutless. His group has been together for six years, playing primarily in churches, festivals and coffeehouses.

As members of Flushing United Methodist Church—the event host—Williams and his bandmates have played an integral role in raising awareness for Family Promise of Genesee County. In fact, the band partnered with Family Promise several years ago to develop the idea for a benefit concert for the organization, which provides homeless families in the area with food, shelter and other services.

“Family Promise of Genesee County is an amazing charity that we have seen be successful right in our own back yard,” said 1 Fifty drummer Bruce Arthurs. “They give Genesee County families a (temporary) place to stay and assist them with finding a place to live.”

Flushing United Methodist itself is part of the organization’s network of host churches that houses guest families for one week at a time. Meanwhile, Family Promise helps to transition homeless families from temporary housing into a sustainable living condition.

Williams said that being a part of Family Promises’ vision has changed his life, and he’s encouraging the Flushing community to come out and support the charity’s mission at the concert.

In case of rain, the event will be moved to Flushing United Methodist Church on 413 E Main St. The Riverview Park location is at 230 S. Cherry St. Donations can also be made at http://www.familypromiseofgc.org/donations/

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