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St. Louis String Ensemble
*Mozart to Bruno Mars*
- Erin Haupt (mezzo-soprano)
- Melissa Payton (soprano)
- Paul Robinson (bass-baritone)
- Philip Touchette (tenor)
Cynthia Johnson (piano)
*performing opera and Broadway classics*
St. Louis-based band CLOCKWORK:
- Jordan Slone (guitar/vocals)
- Logan Slone (bass/vocals)
- Logan Mohler (drums/vocals)
The purpose of this benefit concert is to raise funds for the Hickenbottoms, an amazing family who have had a truly terrible year.
It all started when their oldest son, Grayden, started having febrile seizures in December 2011. He had an EEG which ruled out epilepsy but continued to have seizures when he had a fever. Brent and Jamie were reassured that although the seizures were "scary to witness," they were not dangerous.
In July, Brent started having debilitating migraines with symptoms including loss of vision and inability to use his limbs. After months of blood work, MRIs, CAT scans, hospital stays, and even a trip to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, a hole was discovered in his heart. In December he underwent heart surgery. Thankfully the surgery went well and the symptoms and migraines seem to have been relieved. However, due to the amount of work he had to miss, Brent lost his full-time job in September and is now relying on disability payments.
The rest of the Hickenbottom family was also dealing with their own health issues. Both children had recurring ear infections, and Jamie has been experiencing some hearing loss. To top it off they all have been under constant attack from all of the "typical" winter ailments such as fevers, colds, and several bouts with the flu.
Amidst all of the family's health problems, it seems like just about everything that could go wrong with their house and cars did. Their washer machine went out; and a few months later their replacement washer broke. Their plumbing backed up and flooded the basement while Brent was in the hospital. Over the Christmas holiday, their old oil heater stopped working and had to be replaced with an electric heater. To do this, the electric for the entire house had to be redone to support the new furnace. Both cars had the "Check Engine" light come on and, while they were able to fix one, the other is still in need of a catalytic converter. It was just one thing after another. They were worn out and ready to bid farewell to 2012.
As the Hickenbottoms entered into 2013 they were hopeful for a better year and brighter future. Unfortunately, just when they thought things couldn't get worse, they were in for a terrible shock. On January 28th, their 2 1/2 year old son, Grayden, unexpectedly died in his sleep. He simply went down for a nap and never woke up. They are still awaiting results from the autopsy but believe he most likely had a seizure in his sleep. The heartache they are experiencing is unimaginable. They are dealing with a tremendous loss and grieving for their son. This grief alone is hard enough without dealing with the financial stress of trying to survive on Brent's disability payments and Jamie's part-time job.
The Hickenbottoms have been an inspiration to all those around them as they have demonstrated strength and faith throughout these very difficult times.
Adult (13+) - $8 in advance; $10 at the door
Child (6-12) - $4 in advance; $5 at the door
1) How can we make a donation to the Hickenbottoms?
All proceeds (including ticket sales) from this event are going directly to the family.
There are three donation options on this event page:
- Purchasing an event ticket.
- Making an online donation (whether or not you are purchasing an event ticket, you may make a donation).
***There is one confusing part to the payment/online donations. Please pay close attention.***
Tickets can be purchased using Credit/Debit cards or Paypal. Donations, however, can only be made through Paypal. If you're only purchasing tickets, you can use either payment method. If you're only making a donation, you can only use Paypal. If you're attempting to purchase tickets AND make a donation, you will only have the option of using Paypal. Clear as mud? :D
There will also be additional donation opportunities at the event, if you'd rather just get your tickets online and then make a donation at the event.
2) Can I send a check directly to the Hickenbottoms?
Absolutely! Checks can be written out to "Brent or Jamie Hickenbottom" and can be mailed to:
C/O Paul Robinson
PO Box 6183
Chesterfield, MO 63006
3) Is my donation tax-deductible?
Unfortunately, because donations are going directly to the family and not through a non-profit organization, all donations are considered "gifts" and are not tax-deductible.
4) How does the event seating work?
All tickets are general admission. Seating will be on a first-come, first-serve basis, so make sure to get there early!
5) What is the expected attire?
6) Are children allowed at the event?
Children are welcome to attend. There is a fairly large cry room available where you can take your little one if they get unruly. You can see and hear the concert from this room. Children ages five and under do not need an event ticket.
St. John Church
15800 Manchester Rd.
Ellisville, MO 63011
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|