Kappa Kappa Jamma to showcase country artists

By Colleen Kochensparger | @KyKernel

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Brian Davis and David Adam Byrnes will perform Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the Kappa Kappa Jamma benefit concert at Memorial Hall put on by the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority for Holly’s House.

Holly’s House is based in Indiana and is a safe house for victims of domestic violence to stay and to open up about their terrible experiences.

Co-founder of Holly’s House Holly Dunn Pendleton was the only survivor of the so-called Railroad Killer, a serial killer linked to at least 15 murders.

Kappa Kappa Gamma is hosting the concert to raise awareness and funds for the charity and is open to the public, said Maureen Neal, Kappa Kappa Gamma philanthropy chair and community communications and leadership development sophomore.

“They’re just going to play some country music and it’s going to be fun … It’s going to be family-friendly; you can bring your grandparents, you can bring a little sibling,” said Lindsey Steller, Kappa Kappa Gamma president and Spanish junior.

“We’re just trying to promote Holly’s House as much as we can,” Steller said.

Kappa Kappa Gamma members know Holly’s story. She came to talk to members a few years ago, and the younger members have seen a 60 Minutes feature on her. Steller is in charge of making sure the girls involved with the event keep the point of the concert in mind and focus on the bigger picture—protecting victims of domestic violence.

“It’s going to be fun and entertaining and it’s carefree. It’s also about giving back to the community; it’s about something bigger than us,” Steller said.

The charity aims to help those affected by domestic violence deal with their traumas.

“They can stay there and (the volunteers) help them through the healing process,” Steller said.

The concert was chosen as the philanthropy event as “a fun way to incorporate the student body with what we do every spring,” said Haley Abrams, a kinesiology sophomore and Kappa Kappa Gamma member.

“We knew that he (Brian Davis) really liked UK’s campus; that’s part of the reason he wanted to come back,” Abrams said.

Kappa Kappa Gamma worked together to bring Abrams’ idea into reality.

All ticket proceeds, as well as 10 percent of all merchandise sales, will go directly to benefit Holly’s House. Tickets are currently available in the ticket office of the Student Center up until 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets sold in advance are $7 and tickets at the door will be $10.