If you passed a house with a yard sign reading “DDFaith” and wondered what that is about, here’s the answer. DDFaith is about a remarkable woman, Dee Dee Duduit, who left the world all too soon, but had a positive effect on those around her while she was here. Now her family and church family and others have scheduled a free gospel concert to benefit the scholarship fund in her memory.
“She was my wife and she passed away it, will be two years this coming Feb. 4,” Blaine Duduit said. “The night of the concert will be the two year anniversary.”
One of the biggest names in the gospel music field, Grammy winner Karen Peck and New River will headline the show at 6 p.m., Feb. 4 at the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts
Where did DDFaith come from?
“Actually it came from my nephew Gabe Duduit (son of Del and Angie Duduit),” Duduit said. “He’s the one that came up with DDFaith and from there it just took off. He’s actually going to talk at the concert in between some groups. He’s going to come out and explain how DDFaith came about.”
In addition to Karen Peck and New River, the show will feature The Paynes, Mike Blanton and Evidence, The Lore Family and Kyle and Brittany Shaeffer, as well as guest speakers Calvin Ray Evans and Brian Baer from Rubyville Community Chuch, the Duduit’s home church.
“We were blessed to be able to work with Karen Peck and her group,” Duduit said. ‘They’ve all agreed to come in and donate their time to help this fund raiser. I conversed with Karen Peck last year at the Spring Jubilee and Brian Baer had spoken with her beforehand, and they don’t normally do fund raisers. They may do one or two a year, and I told her what this is for and she agreed to come in.”
Duduit said, after Dee Dee’s passing, they looked for a way to keep her memory going.
“So we came up with the DDFaith Foundation,” Duduit said. “We’re just starting out and last year we gave out six $1,000 scholarships to area high school seniors who are Christians and are faithful in church and it’s about how they displayed their faith in the midst of adversity, just like Dee Dee did.” Dee Dee Duduit passed away from ovarian cancer.
“We started out last year small and we’re hoping with this concert it will increase and enable us to give out more scholarships to area high school seniors,” Duduit said.
Duduit said his wife’s faith inspired those who knew her.
“I’m blessed to be called her husband,” Duduit said. “Even though I’m widowed, I’m still her husband. She definitely left a mark. She taught us all what it meant to have faith greater than our fears. She demonstrated unyielding and courageous faith and taught everyone a lesson.”
Duduit said the concert is free and donations will be accepted at the door. The doors open at 4:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 6 p.m. You only need to show up. No pre-tickets are necessary. The facility seats 1,100 and the attendance will be monitored so as not to go over capacity.
“We have three daughters. Two are married and one still lives at home, and after speaking with them and talking to Cal (Evans) and Brian (Baer) this is what Dee Dee would have wanted,” Duduit said. ‘She wouldn’t have wanted us to charge, just rely on that DDFaith that the crowd will be there and the support will be there.”
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