MOUNT VERNON — TNT Productions and S&S Construction will be presenting country musical group Ricochet and special guest Toby May in a benefit concert for Food for the Hungry on Saturday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. at the Memorial Theater.
A local artist, May is known to Knox Countians and can be remember for his performances at the Knox County Fair, Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival, the Danville-Howard Turkey Festival and other various events.
Three years ago, Toby May’s interest in the Food for the Hungry drive grew from the extensive efforts being done to raise money and food for local needy families.
“Unfortunately, I’m not the guy that can write a $20,000 check. So I said to myself, ‘How can I help with what I do?,’ which is in the music industry,” he said.
In December 2009, after speaking with Joe Rinehart, they came up with the idea of doing a series of benefit concerts. The idea was then agreed upon by the Food for the Hungry committee.
As May began to organize the event, organizations and businesses around Knox County began to lend their support to the concerts.
“There are so many local organizations involved really helping us make this possible,” said May.
May sees the local organizations hard at work year-round to aid families and understands the needs in the community persist.
“I’m happy to say this is our first [benefit concert] but it won’t be our last,” he said.
Ricochet has enjoyed several chart-topping hits such as “Daddy’s Money,” “What Do I Know,” “Love is Stronger Than Pride,” and many others.
“People are going to get one of the hottest country music acts out right now,” said May. “Ricochet is a self-proclaimed, hardest working band in country music.”
May’s goal is to raise $15,000 from this concert in support of Food for the Hungry, and to continue raising funds for the drive throughout the year with benefit concerts featuring different artists.
Tickets go on sale today at Sips Coffee House, 101 S. Main St., or by calling 392-2233. For more information contact May at 398-7692.