Hall of fame musician plays a local stage for charity
GRAND RIVERS, Ky.— A local musician picked up his guitar Saturday afternoon and strummed out a big thank you to an organization he says saved his life. Performing on a day that bears his own namesake, Rockabilly Hall of Famer Stanley Walker headlined a concert for Kosair Charities. His goal is to give back to the group that gave him back his life.
"It's just a wonderful dream that's come true," Walker said. His life has truly been a dream. He's a world-renowned guitar player who said that never would have come true if not for a very special charity.
Kosair Charities helped Walker get the health care he needed to survive a bone infection in 1948. Erin Fischer is Kosair Charities' Director of Special Events and Communications. She said, "Since 1923, we've been helping kids like Stanley receive quality healthcare they otherwise would not receive." Events like Saturday's concert helps them support over 150,000 Kosiar Kids every year and 90 different agencies for sick kids in Kentucky and Indiana. "Every little support helps to continue our mission," said Fischer.
Now, for the fifth time, Walker is hitting the stage to help other Kosair Kids have dreams of their own. People who attended the free concert gave donations dedicated to the charity that helped a hall of famerwho is now dedicated to giving back. "It's kind of like a wonderful dream that passes through my mind, to be able to do something like this for them," said Walker.
This year, Kosair Charities celebrates 90 years of giving.