By Joseph Pratt
February 27, 2014
Shawnee State University student Kortney Jewell is preparing a fundraising event to benefit the local women’s shelter that she is calling Singing for Shelter. The musical act for the event will be local Abigail Emmons, who graduated from Portsmouth High School in 2011 and is currently in Nashville, Tenn., where she attends Belmont University and is pursuing a career in country music
Jewell said that the event is a project that she is doing for her world literature class, where she had to complete a project in benefit of women. Other projects that the class has going on include a screening of movies that highlight women in education and letters written to Congress pertaining to struggles women face.
Jewell said that a fundraiser for the women’s shelter wasn’t a hard decision for her to make.
“This kind of hits closes to home,” Jewell said. “Growing up, I was in a home where domestic violence was present. So, this cause is very important to me. I want to help them out, because I know what they’ve gone through.”
Jewell stated that the idea of raising money through a concert came from her love of music.
Everything pertaining to the event has been donated. Jewell said that not many sponsors have stepped forward, but those who have, have done a lot. Crafts will be sold, raffle tickets will be sold for over 20 gift certificates, the location has been donated and Emmons has donated her time for the event.
Emmons gladly accepted the opportunity to perform for the event.
“I am very excited about the event and I love performing around my hometown. I’m also excited to have been offered the opportunity,” said Emmons.
Emmons hasn’t decided what she will perform for the event yet, but says it will probably be a mix of everything from country to folk to music she has written herself.
Emmons is currently focusing on writing music and performing at open mics with her original work. She says that she will perform at bars and on Broadway when she has already established a name for herself as a songwriter. Emmons is also working on getting an internship at the National Songwriters Association International (NSAI).
The fundraiser will be held at the Eagles Club 4285 in New Boston, on March 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $8. There will be concessions available, which are not a part of admission. All proceeds will go to benefit the Portsmouth women’s shelter.
“I feel like this has been a learning experience for me. Classroom activities are obviously important, but I definitely think it would be more beneficial if more classes did something like this,” Jewell said. “It has really helped make me understand even more now. It is also something I’d like to make into an annual event, even though it started off as a class project.”
Joseph Pratt can be contacted at the Portsmouth Daily Times at 740-353-3101, EXT 287 or by Twitter @JosephPratt03.