Concert benefits Brianna Fund for kids <Video>
Published: Saturday, 15 January 2011, 10:00 PM EST
SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) – The Brianna Fund has raised close to half a million dollars to help kids who can’t get around their own home.
On Saturday, hundreds of sponsors, donors and supporters were at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Springfield for a benefit gospel concert.
“There’s a clear mission, there’s a clear focus and there’s a clear outcome. There’s nothing like seeing a child have a new way of getting in and out of a home. its concrete stuff,” said Ronn Johnson, co-founder of the Brianna Fund.
The Brianna Fund helps families who have children with mobility issues. They provide grants for everything from wheelchair ramp vans to home modifications.
Brianna N. Johnson was the first recipient.
“It means so much to me just to be able to help people and to see that I’m making a difference in the lives of other people is really great”, said Johnson.
Saturday’s gospel concert was the 13th annual benefit concert.
In total the Brianna Fund has helped 42 Springfield area families including Betel Arnold and her son, Billy.
“One of the things that I find in the community with a child like my son is everybody says they care but the Brianna Fund, not only says they care….they say…now we’re here, let us help you.”
And the Brianna Fund is asking for your help.
You can mail a check to P.O. Box 1702, Springfield, MA 01101 or log on to www.briannafund.org
to make your donation.