Meridian Star

February 1, 2014

Gospel concert will benefit toddler

By Brian Livingston /
The Meridian Star

— A fish fry today and concert tonight will benefit a local toddler needing medical  treatment.

    Richard Ferguson, who is the gospel DJ for OKK radio in Meridian that airs every Sunday, said the fish fry and concert are to benefit 21-month-old Dawson Smith who is in need of a bone marrow transplant. Ferguson said the Smith family have been told there is a perfect match donor available and that the operation for the toddler will be scheduled soon.

    Ferguson said Dawson Smith is the son of Michael and Emily Smith.

    The benefit fish fry inside the Temple Theatre Ballroom will begin at 11 a.m. today, lasting throughout the day. Plates are $10 each. Ferguson said the response to the fish fry has been tremendous.

    "More than 900 plates have been pre-sold," Ferguson said. "Now what does that tell you about the great people we have living in and around Meridian?"

    The concert will feature the Grammy award winning gospel quartet Ernie Haase and Signature Sound at the Temple Theater tonight. The concert starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $12 or $15 before the show or $17 and $20 at the door.

    Ferguson said. "Earnie Haase has been gracious about setting a minimum cap for his performance and anything else going toward Dawson."   

    Ferguson said Haase comes to Meridian about every 18 months and performs. Ferguson said Haase loves performing in the Temple Theatre. When Ferguson told Haase of the young boy's struggle, Ferguson said Haase told him to do whatever it took to make this happen.

    "He is just a great guy," Ferguson said.

    To find out more or to purchase tickets for the concert, you can call 601-416-1630.