In an effort to raise money for the Douglas County food bank Just Food, Kelley Hunt, a roots, blues and Americana recording artist, will perform at the second annual Dance of Hearts Benefit. The event will be held at Liberty Hall, Friday, Feb. 10 at 8 p.m.
Maria the Mexican, the Fat Brass Horns and the Mighty Kel-Tones will perform alongside Hunt at this open-dance floor performance.
For Hunt, this event is a way of giving back to her community. Last year, the benefit raised enough money to supply 30,000 meals to those in need. This year they intend to bring those numbers up even more.
Elizabeth Keever, director of Just Food, said 19,000 people are currently at risk of hunger in Douglas County. Last year, nearly 12,000 of those individuals were aided through food and monetary donations because of the Dance of Hearts benefit. Money raised goes toward purchasing and acquiring healthy food for families in need.
Maria Cuevas from Maria the Mexican said she is thrilled to be sharing the stage with Hunt, and also shares interest in providing basic meals to those in need.
"We are most looking forward to giving back to the community and to an organization that provides food to those who need it."
Hunt said she believes it can be easy for some to assume that Douglas County is relatively affluent on the surface, but she's learned that on any given day people in the county are at risk of going hungry.
"That was a real eye opener for me and I love that music is a way for me to give back to my town, my community," Hunt said.
Falling around Valentine’s Day, the theme for the night will be centered on love and the different forms that it takes. Throughout her years of touring, Hunt has written several songs that focus on love, and not just romantic love.
“The big thing on my mind is really just love for my town and the people who lived here and have been so good to me over the years," Hunt said.
In addition to purchasing tickets, participants can bring canned goods or packaged food for Just Food. Anyone who contributes will receive a $5 coupon towards the merchandise Hunt is selling at the benefit.
Tickets start at $15 and are available through Liberty Hall’s website.