Texas music women join in benefit for Highland Lakes families, children

MARBLE FALLS — When organizers for the Rose of Texas Faire fundraiser approached musicians about helping out the cause which supports family and children organizations, they found the response overwhelming.

“When we approached each of the gals about this event, every one of them jumped at the chance to participate,” said Ruby Dee, an organizer and musician.

PHOTO: Ruby Dee (left) and Jorge Harada of Ruby Dee and the Snakehandlers have been entertaining music lovers for almost a decade with their unique style which blends Texas honk-tonk, Memphis rockabilly, Bakersfield Twang, Western swing and rock ‘n’ roll. Dee will join several Texas music women on the Uptown Theatre stage Dec. 10 for The Rose of Texas Faire concert. The event benefits the Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center and the Hill Country Family Crisis Center. Courtesy photo

The Rose of Texas Faire features Texas women joining together to give a concert Dec. 10 at the Uptown Marble Theatre, 218 Main St. The performance starts at 3 p.m.

The all-women musical extravaganza is raising money for two Highland Lakes programs that support children, families and individuals: the Highland Lakes Family Crisis Center and the Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center.

The crisis center provides men, women and children a place to go if they have suffered from abuse. Along with giving a person or family shelter, the program offers a 24-hour hot line, a rape crisis center, counseling, education and training.

The services are confidential, free and voluntary, officials said.

The Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center offers a safe place for children to go who have been abused, neglected or have witnessed a violent crime. Specially-trained staff help the children and their non-offending family members through the trauma.

The center conducts forensic interviews of children following abuse as well as sexual-assault nurse examinations if necessary.

It also offers various counseling, family support and crisis intervention programs.

The advocacy center serves children in Burnet, Blanco, Brown, Lampasas, Llano, Mason, Mills and San Saba counties.

“Too many of us have dealt with our own histories of abuse and crisis, so the opportunity to help others, even help prevent any further damage through the educational efforts of both of these organizations really meant a lot to each of us,” Dee said.

Dee, a member of Ruby Dee and the Snakehandlers, and Austin recording artist Penny Ney put together a line-up of award-winning female Texas musicians for the event.

Some of the musicians who have committed to the show include The Texas Guitar Women’s Lisa Pankratz on drums, Sarah Brown on bass, Rose Sinclair on dobro, pedal steel and banjo as well as Shelly King. Some of the front women include Dee, Ney, Tina Mitchell Wilkins, Brigitte London, Teri Joyce, Mandy Marie Luke, Emily Herring, Meagan Tubb and Brennen Leigh.

Miss Pearl of Pearl’s Country Store on KOOP 91.7 FM and Gordon Ames of Big G’s Texas Roadshow on The Real Deal KOOK 93.5 FM will serve as masters of ceremony.

Russell Buster donated the use of Uptown Theatre while many of the musicians donated their time, organizers said.

The show hits the stage for a matinee so families can enjoy the music.

“I am humbled and blessed to bring an amazing afternoon of musical excellence and entertainment to aid, promote and benefit such worthy causes so near and dear to my heart,” Ney said. “Music with a mission — what could be better?”

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. People can purchase tickets at www.eventbrite.com.

For more on the family crisis center, visit www.hlfcc.org; and on the advocacy center, go to www.hccac.org.

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