Outreach concert series legacy lives on

Published 9:50 am Tuesday, August 10, 2010

When people pass away, sometimes their dreams are carried out through others in the community.

That is the case for Doug Clark.

This year marks the second Doug Clark Annual Concert. Clark started this concert series in August of 2009 as an outreach to the community.

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“Doug had a really big sense of community,” said his wife, Debby Clark. “He wanted to make it bigger and better every year. It was one of his dreams.”

Doug lost his battle with cancer last October at age 59, before he could realize his dream.

Doug was well known in the community and was the president of the Lawrence County Fair Board for almost 30 years. He also worked in the juvenile court system.

According to his wife Debby, Doug just wanted to have a family event for the community. The Christian-based event began last year in South Point and had more than 300 people attend.

This year, the concert will be held at the “old” South Point High School on High Street from 11 am. to 9 p.m. on Aug. 21.

Scheduled to perform are Dodging Raindrops, Beyond the Ashes, Jake Cogan and Beth Ann Stokley beginning at about 1:45 p.m. Jason Gray will be headlining the concert at 7 p.m.

There will be hot dogs, chips and snacks, drinks and inflatables. Admission is free.

“He just wanted to do a community concert to reach out to the youth,” said Jennifer Conley, organizer of the event. “It was his idea. It was a great idea.”

Conley said that she remembers working on the first concert with Doug. She is a member of South Point United Methodist Church, where Doug also attended.

“We wanted to carry it on,” said Conley. “The vision is to reach out to the youth and to let them know that there is a God out there.”

Conley also said that other churches from the area have been invited but that the event is “a God thing, not a church thing.”

She said she hopes the youth in the community will attend and find a Bible study to go to or a youth program to attend.