Athens Review, Athens, Texas

April 30, 2013

Folk, meet the folks

‘Greencards’ concert to benefit Samaritan Project

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — For the fifth-straight year, the two-time Grammy nominated folk group “The Greencards” will entertain fans at the Athens Country Club this Friday night.

The concert once again is sponsored by The Samaritan Project Inc., which was founded in 1996 as a non-profit organization. The Samaritan Project helps to expand indigent hospice care with the ultimate goal of building an inpatient hospice facility in Athens.

Doors will open at 7 p.m. with the concert set to begin around 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person.

For the first time since coming to Athens, The Greencards will have an opening act — Nashville’s “10 String Symphony.” The group is an acoustic folk group led by Rachel Baiman and Christian Sedelmyer.

“We have had an underwriter who really had met them in Austin, Dallas and different places and the underwriter came to us and said that he really wanted to help us with the Samaritan Project,” Samaritan Project director B.J. Davies said. “Ultimately our goal is to build an inpatient facility and we know we will need $2.5 million to build. We are in the early stages and we have enough money to purchase land. We have looked at several different areas but it has not been the right one yet.”

She said the concert is a way to raise awareness in the area about the Samaritan Project and its mission.

“The sales are good. It is a busy time of year and we have people as far as Baton Rouge, La., and Houston that want to come here,” Davies said. “The Greencards have a large following and it is a really fun night.”

For ticket information, call 903-677-5624 or e-mail samaritanprojectathens@yahoo.com