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Kurt Thomas Band raises funds for friend
The Kurt Thomas Band will perform a benefit concert for Melissa Carruth, who is fighting stage 3 breast cancer, at 7 p.m. Saturday at Holly Theater in Dahlonega.

Kurt Thomas Band benefit concert

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Holly Theater, 69 W. Main St., Dahlonega

Cost: $20

The Kurt Thomas Band and other talented musicians will perform a benefit concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, for Dahlonega native and cancer victim Melissa Singletary Carruth.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchase at or at the Holly Theater. The theater box office is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Wednesday at 69 W. Main St. in downtown historic Dahlonega. Tickets may also be purchased by calling the theater at 706-864-3759 on Monday or Wednesday.

Carruth, 35, was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in March. Family and friends have rallied around her and are showing their support with a fundraising effort known as “Sweet Melissa Fights Back.” Part of the effort includes the benefit concert featuring the Kurt Thomas Band.

“It is a privilege to be able to donate the time and talent of the Kurt Thomas Band for such a deserving individual,” Thomas said. “Proceeds from the concert will go directly to help Melissa and her family to pay for cancer treatments and overall medical expenses. I’m just happy to help a wonderful and longtime friend. Our prayers are with the Carruth family as they battle this disease.”

Carruth graduated from Lumpkin County High School in 1996 and attended Gainesville State College, receiving an associate’s degree in 2002. She lives in Atlanta with her husband, Paul, and their two children, Camden, 4, and Knox, 2.

Additionally, the nonprofit organization, John Jarrard Foundation, has partnered with The Kurt Thomas Band and the Sweet Melissa Fights Back to help make this fundraiser a reality. Since 2000, The John Jarrard Foundation has grown from an annual concert to a regionally recognized organization supporting songwriters and a number of great local causes and charities. The foundation was established in the memory of Georgia Hall of Fame member John Jarrard.

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