Fundraiser for Oliver Springs girl brings hundreds out

Fundraiser for Oliver Springs girl brings hundreds out


6 News Reporter

OLIVER SPRINGS (WATE) - A gospel concert fundraiser was held Saturday night for Ava Rose Brown.

The Oliver Springs girl was born with several complications, including a hole in her heart, facial deformities and growth development problems.

The proceeds will help pay for renovations to the Brown's home to accommodate Ava's special needs, and the unexpected costs that come with many trips to doctors and hospitals.

"I think it's a blessing, and I see a community coming together to help support someone they know, don't know, and that shows you what a good community we have, and East Tennessee, how we come together," said Ava Rose's parents Tiffany and Eddie Brown.

Family friend Kevin Craft organized a gospel concert as a fundraiser for the little girl.

"It just started out as a vision, and it grew from there. What else can I say, the concept came to me and I presented to the grandmother of Baby Ava, and she thought it was a great idea, and God started putting things together for us," Craft explained.

Singers who took part say they didn't have to think twice about helping.

"When I heard the history of this child and what was going on, I had to be a part of it, just had to. So we booked it and here we are," said singer Mike Southerland.

"I've been a nurse by trade for 31 years, so I know what it is to be around sick children and when I heard through some friends of ours that they were wanting to have something for this baby, you know, to me, that just said it all," added singer Robyn Adkins.

The Browns say they'll build on this experience, and plan to give back to the community.

"To help others. That's my new mission," said father Eddie Brown.

If you would like to donate to help Baby Ava Rose, you can donate by cash or check at any Regions Bank location. If you write a check, make it out to Trinity Baptist Church/Baby Ava Rose.

The family says they have not and will not be doing door-to-door solicitations for donations.

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