The Nashville Tribute Band will perform this Monday, July 11, at 7 p.m. in the Rexburg Tabernacle. The concert is being held to benefit Kurt Hawks, according to the Rexburg Standard Journal.
Cory Foster, one of the coordinators of the event and a member of the police department, said the concert is to raise money for Kurt Hawks, a dear friend of the community.
“Kurt (Hawks) is a friend of ours, and unfortunately, a few months ago, he was diagnosed with stage-four lung cancer,” Foster said.
Foster said he has worked with The Nashville Tribute Band previously and was able to book their performance in Rexburg to benefit Kurt Hawks.
“It’s just kind of something to help out a buddy,” Foster said. “He loves The Nashville Tribute Band. He would go to their concerts even before he got sick, so he’s kind of followed them and just loves country music.”
Foster said it has been amazing to see how the community has come forward to support their friend. Hawks was raised in Rexburg, and his father was one of the seminary teachers for many years, so the family is well known by the surrounding area.
Natalie Hawks said most of the tickets are sold out, so people will want to come early if they want to make it into the show, according to the event Facebook page.
“Kurt is a great man that has had a bad thing happen to him,” Shawn and Kandee Larson Boice said, according to their shared Facebook account. “Cancer has got him. (He is a) father of five, great husband and buddy to many people. Come out and enjoy the band and good company Monday night.”
There will be a fundraiser at the event to raise money, according to the Larson Boice’s shared Facebook account. Thousands of dollars’ worth of material has been donated for the purpose of the fundraiser. All proceeds go to help Kurt Hawks.
“We just really wanted to do something to help him,” Foster said. “So I thought, ‘Let’s put together a benefit concert for Kurt,’ and we got The Nashville Tribute Band to come out here.”