A Connections Concert for Ann Michele

As many of you know, our band, Connections has done some incredible shows for some incredible causes over the past five years. We’ve played for thousands of people, and raised more than $135, 000 for the two worthy causes of “Imagine No Malaria”(a) and UMCOR. In ways that defy our wildest imaginations, we’ve been successful beyond anything we could have predicted.

This Monday, we’ll do a show unlike any other, but for an equally good and special cause.

As some of you may or may not know, Ann Michele King, the daughter of our band’s musical director, Rusty, has been fighting hard against a very persistent cancer for now almost seven years.

Monday night, Connections will be doing a show to benefit Ann Michele and the King Family.

Seven years of treatments –at multiple hospitals and states– have really taken a toll on the family’s finances. And there are more major expenses on the way. And so, we’re breaking what has been our hard-and-fast rule to do shows that only benefit those two causes. We’ve been asked numerous times to benefit other causes in the past, and we’ve always turned those down (and probably still would…). We even considered doing a show for Ann Michele in the past. But the timing didn’t seem right.

But this time, the other founding members of Connections said “yes” without hesitation, and so did the rest of the band.
And so, here goes….

“The Best of Connections”
Benefiting Ann Michele King
Monday, June 27 7:00 pm

First UMC, Richardson
503 North Central Expwy

Richardson, Texas

Click here for the official show poster.

For those on Facebook, you can find an event page here.

Rusty will be playing with us (can you imagine him not?!). We’ll do songs from:

Bill Joel
Stevie Wonder
Doobie Brothers
Dan Fogelberg
James Taylor
Carole King
Bad Company
Steve Miller
Fleetwood Mac
Elton John
Earth Wind and Fire

And many others…

We’ve taken the best songs you’ve heard us do in other shows, and put them together in this one show for this one special night. You won’t want to miss it.

Even if you don’t know Ann Michele, even if you’ve never seen Connections before,  it would be a wonderful thing to have you with us, to help us support Rusty, and the whole family. We all love Rusty like a brother, and the whole family means the world to us. We would do anything for them. One thing we can do is sing.

And, it will be a great night of music, featuring songs you’ll want to sing along with.

Much thanks to Mark Vowell, and all the great folks at Spring Valley…to Clayton Oliphant and all the great folks at FUMCR…and to Todd Harris and all the great folks at Allen. Many many people are coming together to make this show a reality, and it’s lovely to see.

Hope to see you there.

(a)our first few years, the beneficiary was “Nothing But Nets,” but both are companions in the same cause to eliminate malaria from Africa…

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of Kessler Park UMC United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Previously, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas for seventeen years. Eric loves to write on topics of spirituality, social justice, music/art and politics. The entries on this blog reflect that diversity of interests. His passion for social justice goes beyond mere words. He’s been arrested at the White House, defending immigrants and “The Dreamers,” and he’s officiated at same sex weddings in his churches, in defiance of what some believe is Methodist teaching. Eric is an avid blogger and published author, and 2017 recipient of the prestigeous Kuchling Humanitarian Award from Dallas’ Black Tie Dinner. (Human Rights Campaign) Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He’s a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named “best judge” by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County, and is currently the longest service district judge in that district. She was re-elected for a fourth term in 2018. They have the world’s best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. Find links to Eric’s music-related websites, at the top of this site’s navigation menu.

One thought on “A Connections Concert for Ann Michele

  1. Thank you so much sharing this Erik! I'm so excited for the concert tomorrow, and my whole family is just so humbled by everyone's love and support. The good Lord has been such a faithful Provider, and we're truly blessed : ) Break a leg tomorrow!

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