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Hospice celebrates 30 years with concert

Nov. 01, 2012 @ 11:45 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Lois and Tim White couldn't think of a better way to celebrate Lous' birthday than by attending the Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. show Thursday evening.

The Whites, who live in Huntington, said they were eager to see one of Murphy's shows, but they had been having trouble getting tickets before they sold out.

"We always thought we were going to get to go, but we just weren't getting there in time," Lois White said. "Finally my daughter saw when this show would be, a couple of days before my birthday, and she surprised me with tickets. It was a wonderful surprise."

The Whites weren't the only ones celebrating at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center, which was nearly sold out as part of Hospice of Huntington's 30th anniversary celebration.

Hospice of Huntington has been a place of closure and comfort for more than 15,000 people and their families since 1982, and Thursday's concert was not only a celebration of the organization's contributions to the community but also a kick-off to National Hospice Month during November.

The theme of Murphy's performance was "Motown meets Rat Pack: R&B Classics and Songs from the Great American Songbook," the music that has made him famous.

In an interview with The Herald-Dispatch in July, Murphy said it was important for him to be able to use his new fame to give back to the Mountain State.

"Now that I'm in a position to help people, I need to do it," Murphy said. "It's part of my heart and the upbringing from my parents. We've got to help others."

For more information about Hospice of Huntington, visit www.hospiceofhuntington.org.

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