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John Berry concert to benefit Challenged Child

Christmas event set for Dec. 3 at Riverside Academy

POSTED: November 25, 2013 10:52 p.m.
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Country music singer John Berry will be playing next Tuesday at Riverside Military Academy in his annual Christmas concert benefiting local nonprofit Challenged Child and Friends Inc.

“It’s a festive, upbeat and encouraging Christmas-themed concert,” said Butch Miller, general manager of Milton Martin Honda, which coordinates and sponsors the event.

“John and his wife, Robin, perform duets and Christmas carols and all kinds of music that people just have great feelings for.”

Berry, who has recorded seven albums of his own music in addition to four that are holiday themed, is well-known for his Christmas tours. His show will be split between his own works and famous holiday songs such as “O Holy Night.”

Miller originally came up with the idea for the annual event after attending a John Berry concert with his wife shortly after their son, Cole, died.

“We listened to the Christmas music and thought about all the things we were grateful for and it began to snow and it was an absolutely surreal experience,” he said.

“Shortly after, my wife, I and Jim and Malinda Foote decided to do something during the Christmas season that would not only be a fond remembrance of Cole, but also something uplifting and encouraging to the community.”

The concert is completely funded and staffed by volunteers, which allows for all of the proceeds to benefit charities.

This year’s concert benefits Challenged Child and Friends, a local school for children under the age of 6 that aims to promote learning and understanding by integrating children with special needs and their typically developing peers.

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 3 at the Sandy Beaver Theatre at the Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville. Tickets are $30 to $35 and can be purchased at or


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