The I’ll Fly Away Foundation Announces the Lebanon Spring Gala Fundraiser with Bluegrass Sensation Sierra Hull

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Saturday, April 12th, 2014 – Cowan Civic Center

Sierra Hull
Bentonville, Arkansas…January 28, 2014 The I’ll Fly Away Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving children’s lives through music, has announced the Lebanon Spring Gala, a fundraiser which will benefit the foundation in an effort to further opportunities for student scholarships, programs and other specific support in Lebanon, Mo.
Tickets for the Lebanon Spring Gala, starring Bluegrass sensation, Sierra Hull, are on sale. The Gala takes place Saturday, April 12th, 2014 at the Cowan Civic Center, 500 E. Elm Street in Lebanon, Missouri. The gala will also feature the Sierra Hull Bluegrass Band, the Lebanon High School Jazz Band and the Lebanon High School Choir. To purchase tickets fans can call 1-888-462-6718. General Admission seating and VIP Tickets are available. Beginning Feb. you may purchase tickets locally in Lebanon at the Chamber of Commerce, Cowan Civic Center, or Morgan Music.
The I’ll Fly Away Foundation will also host a silent auction at the gala featuring music memorabilia and celebrity related items including items from the Oak Ridge Boys, a Vince Gill autographed Les Paul Studio guitar and many other items. All proceeds will benefit the foundation.  VIP Tickets include a catered dinner from T’s Redneck Steakhouse and premiere seating.
Sierra Hull is a Bluegrass singer, mandolinist and guitarist originally from Byrdstown, Tennessee. She began playing mandolin at the age of 8 and released her first album, Angel Mountain, when she was only 10.  At age 11, she was befriended and mentored by the Award winning Alison Krauss, who once was also a child prodigy on the fiddle. Krause invited Sierra to join her on stage at the Grand Ole Opry and the rest is history. From there she entered several talent contests and eventually caught the eye of Ken Irvin, a talent scout for Rounder Records at an IBMA music festival. She signed with Rounder Records at the age of 13 and released her first professional debut album Secrets in 2008 at the age of 16.  The album peaked at #2 on the Billboard Bluegrass charts. After she completed high school she accepted the Presidential Scholarship and attended Berkley School of Music. In 2011, Sierra played for President Barack Obama at the White House along with Alison Krauss and Dan Tyminski.
“Sierra Hull is a prime example of how important music is to our young generation,” said Betsy Brumley, founder of the I’ll Fly Away Foundation. “Our foundation strives to give the support and encouragement along with the resources to every child in the country so that they can pursue a future in music. This fundraiser is an important event for us and will help raise funds to bring music education, musical instruments and scholarships to those students.”

ABOUT I’LL FLY AWAY FOUNDATION:
The I’ll Fly Away Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to music education and improving children’s lives through music. The foundation is an approved 501c(3) which launched in 2011 in honor of Albert E. Brumley who in 1932 wrote “I’ll Fly Away” which is one of the most recognized songs in the world ever recorded. Brumley has been described as the pre-eminent gospel songwriter of the 20th century with over 800 published songs. Other titles included “Turn Your Radio On,” “I’ll Meet You in the Morning” and “Rank Strangers to Me.”  Betsy Brumley serves as its leader and has dedicated her life to creating opportunities which foster music education and preserving the country’s rich music history. For more information go to www.illflyawayfoundation.org

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