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Gospel concert coming back to benefit St. Jude
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Stanley and Peggy Pierce hold an annual fundraiser for St. Jude Children's Hospital in memory of their late son Craig. He died in July 1983 after battling acute myeloid leukemia, which normally affects adults. Each year in August, the couple brings a lineup of well-known gospel artists for a free concert.

Stanley Pierce’s 21st benefit concert for St. Jude is coming up Saturday, Aug. 3, at Hopewell Baptist Church and features Karen Peck and New River, Poet Voices, The Bowling Family and The LeFevre Quartet.

The night of singing raises money for St. Jude. The St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Tennessee treated Stanley and Peggy Pierce’s son, Craig, who died of leukemia in 1983. He was 10 years old.

St. Jude Benefit Singing

What: A gospel concert benefiting the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

When: 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug 3

Where: Hopewell Baptist Church, 5086 Poplar Springs Road, Gainesville

More info: 770-540-9085

How much: Free

Since the first concert in the 1990s, the Pierces have raised more than $515,000 for St. Jude. The concert broke its fundraising record in 2018 -- the event’s 20th anniversary -- with a haul of $43,000. This year, Pierce said he’s shooting for an even $50,000 for the hospital.

“It’s the best hospital in the world, not to mention that they save you money,” Pierce said on Wednesday. “If you don’t have a penny in your pocket you can still go up there and your child will get treated.”

The same goes for the Pierce family’s concert. It’s free and always will be — the group passes around the collection plate during the event same as any church service.

“Every year that I’ve done this I’ve got everything from pocket change all the way up to $100 bills and thousand-dollar checks,” Pierce said. “If you’ve got $5 in your pocket and you put that in, that’s fine.”

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