JCHS fundraising concert set Saturday at JC fairgrounds

Country rapper David “Demun” Jones is presenting his first concert in his hometown this weekend with the goal of helping Jones County High School’s baseball and softball programs. 

The gates at the Lions Club of Jones County Fairgrounds located on Highway 18 East will open at 6 p.m. Aug. 20 for the event. Open acts for the concert are local artists Little George and Last Call and Stacy Blanton. 

Tickets are $10 each and are available before the concert at Old Clinton Gas, Morris Bank, State Bank and Dairy Queen. Tickets may also be purchased at the gate.

Guy Mosteller, who serves as the chairman of the JCHS Softball Booster Club, said he contacted Jones for fundraising ideas after finding out that the softball team was being asked to pay half of the cost of new batting cages at the high school. 

The cost of the first phase of the project was $40,000, which meant the softball team needed to come up with $20,000.

Mosteller said that is the total amount their annual fundraisers collect, and they would have no money left for uniforms or other expenses usually covered by the funds. 

He said the girls were concerned, especially the seniors, about what that would mean for their year, and the chairman decided they needed to figure out a way to raise the money.

“I contacted David in May for some ideas because I knew he has been a big supporter of JCHS. He called me back about a week later with the idea of the concert,” Mosteller said.

Reaching out to assist JCHS is nothing new for Jones, who has been performing professionally since 2004. He has helped in the past with inspirational talks to students, and he and T.J. Heath have partnered to purchase shoes for several of the school’s athletic teams. 

The performer said he has been waiting for the right opportunity to have his first concert in his hometown. 

Mosteller said the booster club got on board immediately to find a place for the concert. He said they wanted it to be in the community, and the Lions Club agreed to the use of the fairgrounds.

He said Taylor Restrooms is donating their services, and the opening acts are donating their performances. Off-duty officers are donating their time for security at the event, and volunteer auxiliary deputies will be parking cars. 

Lions Club members are opening their kitchen during the concert and will be selling hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, french fries, and cold drinks. 

Old Clinton BBQ is bringing its mobile trailer to help feed the crowd. 

Mosteller said booster club moms and dads donated their labor to help with portions of the installation of the batting cages to help reduce the cost, and their goal is to raise $18,000 at the concert.  

“We are hoping for a good crowd. It’s going to be a family friendly event,” he said.

Mosteller said lawn chairs would be allowed in certain areas and some bleachers would also be available for seating. 

No coolers are allowed.

More information about Jones may be found on his Facebook page, Demun Jones Music, and those who want to contribute to the JCHS batting cages but cannot attend the concert may do so with a PayPal link on the page.

-- Debbie Lurie-Smith | debbie@jcnews.com

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