Coffeehouse concert benefits Palmer Home Friday

February 14, 2009

Jan Swoope - [email protected]


As far as the Carlstrom family of Columbus is concerned, "love is still a worthy cause." That''s the name they''ve applied to a community coffeehouse concert they have organized for Friday at 7 p.m. at the Columbus Country Club. 


Headlining the Palmer Home for Children benefit will be Christian singer/songwriter Chas Lutz, of Atlanta. Area performers confirmed to date include Hope and Carole Pearson, of West Point; Cherish, a young Columbus trio of gospel-singing cousins; Laura Foxworth, of Starkville; and the Stephen Foster Family, of Sturgis.  


"For Sherry to go to this effort is a sign of God''s faithfulness," said Jeff Miller, executive director of Palmer Home for Children in Columbus. The organization currently provides long-term care in a Christian environment for more than 70 children on three campuses.  


The Carlstrom''s have called Columbus home "off and on" for the past 14 years. Brent is a commercial airline pilot and serves in the U.S. Air Force Reserves. Sherry is an active homeschooling mother.  


"We''ve known what Palmer Home does for a long time, but lately we''ve become aware of some of the ways the worsening economy has affected them. We prayed about it and went to Jeff this past fall to ask if we could do this," said Sherry. "We want people to know they can come out and have a good time. There will be an opportunity to give to Palmer Home, but there''s no pressure to make a donation." 


For more information about the coffeehouse, contact Sherry Carlstrom at 662-889-8038.

Jan Swoope is the Lifestyles Editor for The Commercial Dispatch.