McCook, North Platte hospitals plan Concert for Cancer Care

Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Collin Raye

McCook, Nebraska -- A Concert for Cancer Care in March, sponsored by Community Hospital and Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte, presents the Great Plains Opry featuring country music's award-winning Collin Raye as a guest celebrity.

The concert brings country western music at its best to the McCook historic Fox Theater on Saturday, March 16 beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for the concert are $40 in advance and $50 at the door. VIP Tickets are $80, which includes the concert, dinner at the Coppermill Restaurant, VIP seating at the concert and a VIP reception following the concert. Tickets may be purchased at McCook National Bank, Cowboy Up Tack, Hershberger's Music and the Community Hospital Health Foundation.

Alexa Whipple

Collin Raye

The guest celebrity, Collin Raye, is nothing if not passionate. His fiery delivery has made country standards of such searing ballads as "Love, Me," "In This Life," "Not That Different" and "Little Rock." Always an electrifying showman, he has also blazed through such vivid rockers as "My Kind of Girl," "That's My Story," "I Can Still Feel You" and "I Want You Bad."

Five times nominated as country music's Male Vocalist of the Year, Collin Raye has consistently used his stardom to advance social causes. At the 2001 Country Radio Seminar, Clint Black presented Collin Raye with the organization's Humanitarian of the Year award in recognition of Collin's issue-oriented music and his tireless charity work.

Cindy Boehler

Born Floyd Elliot Wray on Aug. 22, 1960, country artist Collin Raye was one of the true hit makers of the 1990s. Collin still continues to crank out soulful, heartfelt material with the honesty and richness that is signature to his vocals, making him one of the greatest vocalists of our time.

Alexa Whipple

Alexa Whipple has the distinction of being the youngest person to receive The Entertainer of the Year from The Nebraska Country Music Foundation, has released two CD's, recorded two singles on Music Row in Nashville, is a permanent member of The Great Plains Opry, won the first Great Plains Opry Country Songwriting Contest, was the 2012 North Platte Bluegrass Festival Showcase Winner, is a three-event state track medalist...all by the age of 18! Alexa is a senior at Arapahoe High School, Arapahoe, Nebraska and has signed with the University of Nebraska at Kearney's track program for her freshman year in 2013.

Three 4 All

Three 4 All

Three 4 All is an award winning acoustic group based out of South Central Nebraska. The group is comprised of Curtis Pfeil of Alma, Nebraska, one of the areas most sought after backline musicians; Cindy Boehler also of Alma, a Nashville-signed recording artist, and Michael Jones, an award winning singer/songwriter from Holdrege, Nebraska. The group was awarded Harmony winner at the 2009 National Traditional Country Music Foundations Festival and are well known for their sterling three-part harmony and side splitting humor!

Cindy Boehler

Cindy Boehler is a Nashvillle-signed recording artist with six CD's under her belt and airplay in over 100 countries worldwide. Whether it be Country, Jazz, Pop, Gospel or Bluegrass, Cindy has recorded it and performs it! Cindy calls Alma, Nebraska home when she isn't out on the road and is co-owner of The Great Plains Opry and Kuger Records.

Proceeds Benefit Cancer Services

Proceeds for the concert will benefit Community Hospital's cancer services. In the past two years, Community Hospital has developed a chemotherapy program with visiting oncologist support from the Great Plains Regional Medical Center's Callahan Cancer Center in North Platte.

Four Community Hospital nurses have received training and certification to administer chemotherapy. A new dedicated injection/infusion department allows the nurses to provide services to patients needing chemotherapy in a private and comfortable setting. The service has grown so quickly that an additional space, equipped with six chemotherapy chairs, will open this spring, doubling the injection/infusion department.

The expanded service was designed to improve access and convenience for patients, who often are required to drive many miles, day after day, to receive cancer treatment.

In addition to chemotherapy services, Great Plains Regional Medical Center oncologists, Maria DeVilla, M.D. and her clinic partner, Ahmed Awais, M.D. see patients weekly at Community Hospital at the Medical Specialists Center.

Anyone interesting in becoming a concert sponsor should call the foundation office at 308 344-7222 for sponsorship details. Sponsors receive complimentary VIP Tickets.

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