For the last 22 years, the Macon County Sheriff’s Office’s Shop with a Cop Program has been providing Christmas for children in need in the community. The program, which was started by Sheriff Robert Holland and his wife Marci as a way to help a single family around the holidays, has grown to now serve more than 400 children a year. Shop with a Cop is completely funded by community donations and is made possible by the support and financial contributions of individuals.
To raise money for the Shop with a Cop program, the Macon County Sheriff’s Office Auxiliary, with the help of the Rotary Club of Franklin, organized a benefit concert scheduled for Friday, April 6, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. The concert, A Night with the Legends, begins at 7 p.m. and will feature local musicians performing legendary country, bluegrass, and rock classics.
The event’s Emcee, 99.9 KISS FM Country’s Eddie Foxx, will entertain the crowd between nine different performances spanning decades and covering classic hits from a range of genres. Audience members can expect local musicians performing legendary songs from artists such as Patsy Cline, Jamey Johnson, Hank Williams Jr., Reba McEntire, and more.
Local musicians include Limited Distance, Michaella Hedden, Curtis Blackwell and the Dixie Bluegrass Boys, Chelsi Reynolds, The Hackers, Brent Ledford, Susie Copeland, and Blue Ridge. Also taking the stage will be contestant for this season of “American Idol,” Alma Russ.
One hundred percent of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Shop with a Cop Program. In addition to raising money for the program, the benefit concert will also serve as an opportunity to raise awareness about the dozens of organizations and agencies who volunteer each year to make Shop with a Cop a success.
Tickets will be available for purchase beginning April 2 at the Macon County Sheriff’s Office Annex building and at the Macon County Detention Center. Tickets will also be sold at the door beginning at 6 p.m. on April 6. Tickets are $15 for adults. Tickets for children 10 years and under are $10 each and children 5 and under are free.