Concert to benefit malnourished children

Robert Sharpe will perform at the Concert for MANA at the Albany Municipal Auditorium. (Special photo)

Robert Sharpe will perform at the Concert for MANA at the Albany Municipal Auditorium. (Special photo)

ALBANY — A concert this evening featuring classical guitarist Robert Sharpe and regional choruses and choirs at Albany Municipal Auditorium will raise funds to help fight hunger in the world at Concert for MANA.

The concert, presented by Porterfield Memorial United Methodist Church Music Ministries, starts at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m. Revenues generated will go to Fitzgerald-based MANA, which will donate ready-to-use therapeutic food to various aid organizations working to save severely malnourished children.

In addition to Sharpe and Porterfield’s adult and children choirs will be groups from Darton State College, under the direction of newly appointed Choral Director Dr. Harmony Murphy; Cordele United Methodist Church, conducted by Andy Earnest, and a Fitzgerald community choir sponsored by Central United Methodist Church representing St. Matthew’s Episcopal, First Presbyterian Church, Church of the Nazarene and Arbor Baptist Church, conducted by Central UMC’s Karla Foster.

“Every eight seconds, a child dies from malnutrition,” said Steven Jones. “That’s more than die from AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.

“Every dollar we raise from ticket sales will go to MANA, who will, in turn, donate product to various aid organizations.”

Jones said the concert “will be lots of fun, but more importantly, for $10 you can contribute to saving the life of a child. We’re so proud to know that our Southwest Georgia peanut industry, as well as our choirs, are making a difference in the lives of children.”

MANA’s RUTF product is a peanut paste infused with vitamins and powdered milk, which has been used to save an estimated 8,000 children since the organization was founded in 2000. MANA President and founder Mark Moore will be at the concert, and those attending will have an opportunity to purchase and donate MANA food cases during intermission.

Sharpe, an Albany native who has performed with the Albany Symphony Orchestra and who has been featured on National Public Radio, will play selections by Issac Albéniz (1860-1909).

Tickets are $10 and are available at the door, at Porterfield and online at ticketriver.com.