Local country music singer/songwriter Jimmy Rose is using his talent to help out a family in need.
Being himself means giving back to the community in any way he can — just as he did before and during his appearance on America’s Got Talent. Rose recognizes how many families are in need and knows that at any given time it could happen to anyone.
“This benefit is for a family in need like many others out there,” said Rose. “You never know when something like this will happen to you, your family or someone your close to.”
Torie and Tim Estep lost their 5-year-old daughter Arianna last month after her battle with an undiagnosed rare seizure disorder and a three-week fight with pneumonia. The family is having a benefit to raise money for her final expenses and say that Rose and his fiance Heather Morgan have been wonderful about helping with the event.
“Heather and Jimmy have been wonderful and (we) can’t wait to meet them,” said Torie.
Rose says he hopes the fundraiser will be as successful as his last performance in Harlan and he encourages everyone to come to support this family in their time of need.
“I encourage people to give back when they have the opportunity,” continued Rose. “Our concert last month in Harlan County drew over 9,000 people, and I hope we have the same turnout for this family in need.”
He said his experiences on America’s Got Talent have taught him to stay grounded.
“It’s crazy how being on a national stage can open so many doors and invite so much attention,” said Rose. “If I have learned one thing from this experience, it’s to stay grounded, stay real and be myself no matter what.”
The fundraiser takes place at 6 p.m. on July 31 at the Harlan National Guard Armory. In addition to the concert, there will be a silent auction, T-shirts, pizza and drinks.
The Esteps look forward to remembering and celebrating their daughter at the fundraiser.
“She was wonderful, full of life and innocence and the sweetest smile you’d ever see,” said Torie. “I want it to be a night that everyone remembers. I know she will be watching from heaven, and smiling down on us all.”
Reina P. Cunningham may be reached at 606-302-9100 or on Twitter @ReinaMDN.