A well-respected a cappella pops choir, which performed to a sold-out crowd in Waco in 2016, will hold a benefit concert this spring in memory of a Central Texas girl who died of a genetic disease in 2017.
The Dallas-based Vocal Majority men's chorus will perform at the Midway Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. on March 17. The event will raise money for the Jenna Marie Richbourg Endowment -- a fund established through the generosity of the Magnolia Foundation.
Jenna died of Hurler Syndrome, also known as Mucopolysaccharidosis Type 1, on Jan. 2, 2017. Many children with the condition do not live past age 10. Jenna was 19 when she lost her battle with the disease.
"Her soul was unblemished. Her life a gift to many, especially to us as we held her loving hand through many chapters in this life," her mother, Sherri Richbourg, said when she passed away.
Jenna was a friend of Channel 6. She even went to prom with former Texas Today Meteorologist Wes Houx. Her family said the endowment fund would help other families care for children with similar genetic conditions.
The March 17 concert will begin with a performance by Midway's own High School Varsity Men's Choir. Ticket prices range from $25 to $100 and can be purchased by clicking here.
For Sherri and Jenna's father Keith, Vocal Majority has been both therapeutic and a blessing. Keith was a former “Barbershop Quartet” member, who still grows inspired by music.
"This is something that we're trying to do as parents to help further the legacy of our daughter," Keith said.
An anonymous donor agreed to match all ticket sales and proceeds from the event.
"Keith and Sherri walked in for their first rehearsal, you could almost see their daughter in their eyes," Vocal Majority Musical Director Greg Clancy said.
Businesses interested in sponsoring the event should contact Sherri at 254-498-0032.