3pm-5:30pm. Marble Falls Uptown Theater, 218 Main St. Women in Texas music band together for Highland Lakes Family Crisis Center and Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center fundraiser. Texas Guitar Women (Lisa Pankratz, Sarah Brown, Shelly King, & Cindy Cashdollar) fronted by singer/songwriters Ruby Dee, Penny Ney, Brennen Leigh, Teri Joyce, Brigitte London, Emily Herring, Mandy Marie Luke, Tina Wilkins and Meagan Tubb.
A multitude of talented female Texas musicians will be gathering together in time for the holidays to raise funds for local charities Highland Lakes Family Crisis Center and Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center. Texas singer/songwriters Ruby Dee (of Grammy-considered Ruby Dee and the Snakehandlers) and Austin recording artist Penny Ney (recorded with Jerry Jeff Walker and others) put together an all-star line-up of award-winning female Texas musicians for this event, including the Texas Guitar Women’s Lisa Pankratz on drums, Sarah Brown on bass, and five-time Grammy award-winning Cindy Cashdollar on pedal steel. The event will be MCed by KOOP radio’s Miss Pearl from Pearl’s General Store show and Gordon Ames from Big G’s Radio Show.
Highland Lakes Family Crisis Center serves Hill Country men, women and children in need of protection and assistance by providing a 24-hour hotline, emergency shelter, rape crisis center, counseling, and shelter from domestic violence. They also provide educational and training programs for employers and schools. Their services are confidential, free of charge, and completely voluntary.
The Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center has been making a difference in the lives of children and families affected by physical and sexual abuse through education, intervention and advocacy for twenty years. Their highly skilled and specially trained staff work closely with Child Protective Services, law enforcement organizations and investigative organizations to coordinate better communication between all the agencies involved and prevent further victimization of the children they help. Their services are completely free of charge to the families involved.
The event has been scheduled as a matinee so that families may attend and share together in the joy of the music as well as such open-hearted giving within the community. Use of the theatre was generously donated by co-owners Russell Buster and Brooks Blake; and many of the musicians have kindly donated their talents to the event. Additionally, the afternoon will be sponsored by woman-owned business Neuro Drinks, and locally owned Real Ale Brewery and Flat Creek Estate Winery.
“When we approached each of the gals about this event, every one of them jumped at the chance to participate.” Says Ruby Dee. “Too many of us have dealt with our own histories of abuse and crisis, so the opportunity to help others, even help prevent any further damage through the educational efforts of both these organizations really meant a lot to each of us.”
“I am humbled and blessed to bring an amazing afternoon of musical excellence and entertainment to aid, promote, and benefit such worthy causes so near and dear to my heart.” Says Penny Ney. “Music with a mission ~ what could be better!”.