Posted: Oct 23, 2013 10:32 PM by Erin Steuber
Updated: Oct 23, 2013 10:51 PM
Country music star Darius Rucker played to a sold out crowd in lafayette Wednesday. All 4,500 tickets sold out two months ago, all proceeds benefiting Miles Perret Cancer Services (MPCS). Thousands from around Acadiana getting the opportunity to enjoy great music, while supporting a great cause. And for one little girl and her family the concert was about more than country music.
"Oh my it takes people that donate and have a spot in their hearts to help families like ours," said Tara Arnaud.
At only 2-years-old, Annalise Grace Arnaud is a cancer survivor.
"When she was 18 months she was diagnosed with a tumor on her liver and it spread to both of her lungs," said Arnaud. "But as of right now she is cancer free."
It all benefits MPCS, this year was the first time it's ever sold out.
"We love the Perret family. We support them 100% in all their efforts and all they do for our community," said Penny McGehee.
This concert series was started back in 2009 by Superior Energy Services as a way to give back to the community. They have hosted two concerts, one in 2009, the other in 2011. Those events raised more than $400,000 for MPCS.
"People give us the chance to play music and they buy our stuff. It's just a way to give back to them and say thank you," said Acadiana's own country singer, Jaryd Lane.
Lane has been performing at the concerts since the beginning. But Wednesday's opportunity to open for Darius Rucker was a whole new experience.
"He was one of those guys that made me want to write songs and sing and just be an artist," said Lane. "To be able to share the stage with guys like that is pretty cool."
MPCS was started in 2002 as a resource center to help people fight, survive and live with cancer. Over the past 10 years they helped more than 8,000 Acadiana families. Hank and Debbie Perret, who started the organization in memory of their son, couldn't be happier with Acadiana's continued support.
"Remarkable ain't it? We are so blessed. We continue to be bless with Miles Perret everyday," said Hank.
"It just speaks volumes about this community because I don't believe this couldn't happen any place else. This is the community that supports the Miles Perret Center and we couldn't be more thankful," said Debbie.
(Photo courtesy dariusrucker.com)