2020 is a year that even though it has been tough we have seen the best in people shine through. That is why Arnetta Bradford of Hope, Arkansas, has organized a unique appreciation concert for community members affected by the coronavirus pandemic. “Hero Behind the Mask” will premiere through Hempstead Hall’s virtual channels on Thursday, October 15 at 7PM.

“Everyone in our area has been affected in some way by the COVID-19 crisis, but some have been affected more than others,” said Bradford owner of HeBrews 11:1 Coffee. “This concert is a special way to say ‘we see you and appreciate you for all you’re doing.’”

Originally planned as an appreciation banquet for healthcare workers, cosmetologists, barbers, educators, non-profit and small business workers, “Hero Behind the Mask” developed into a virtual experience once it was clear that large group events are not going to be possible for a while.

“Arnetta approached me with this fantastic idea back in the spring while several businesses were mandated to shut down,” said Amanda Lance, director of Hempstead Hall and Workforce Development for the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana. “She had hoped to have this event at Hempstead Hall to welcome everyone back to ‘normal’ and show the community’s appreciation for what these people have been through. Unfortunately, we’re not returning to ‘normal’ anytime soon so Arnetta wanted to express her thanks now.”

Performers set for the concert include Arnetta Bradford, The Daniels Family, Daulton Brewer, and Bitsy Carter. There will be words of encouragement offered by local personalities including Laura Clark (UAHT Interim Chancellor), Cliff Johnson (Garrett Memorial Baptist Church pastor, Beckie Moore (Hope-Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director), Daulton Brewer, Matthew Pagels (New LIfe Church of Hope pastor).

For any questions about Hempstead Hall, please contact Amanda Lance at amanda.lance@uaht.edu or 870.722.8565, or follow Hempstead Hall on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the most up-to-date announcements. Hempstead Hall social sites: Website: https://www.hempsteadhall.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HempsteadHall Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hempstead_hall/ Twitter: @Hempstead_Hall

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