Angela Rushford Fund benefit May 30

A benefit concert for the Angela Rushford Children’s Organ Donation Fund, presented by Miss Freeport 2003 Michelle Maves, will be at 7:30 p.m., May 30 at Highland Community College’s Ferguson Fine Arts Center in Freeport.

The concert will consist of two acts. Maves will perform a variety of music in the first act and the second act is Maves’ one-woman show, “Give My Regards to Broadway,” complete with New York street setting and costumes.

“This is my way of using my talent to help others,” Maves said in a press release.

Tickets are $10 and may be obtained by calling the Highland Community College box office at 815-235-6127 Monday through Friday from 1-5 p.m. or by calling 815-235-1950.

The Angela Rushford Children’s Organ Donation Fund, administered by the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois, was founded in mid-January 2003 shortly after 5-year-old Angela Rushford of Rockford underwent a kidney transplant in attempts to correct polycystic renal failure. The fund offers financial assistance to help families curb the costs of organ transplants.

Rushford had been on a donor list for about six months before her parents placed a free classified ad in The Rock River Times seeking a kidney donor. David Harper, 38, of nearby Mount Morris, who had never seen The Rock River Times before, responded to the ad and became the donor. The surgery was Jan. 3 at University of Wisconsin at Madison Hospital.

According to the Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Network, more than 4,700 people in Illinois are waiting for an organ donation. Additionally, 80,000 U.S. patients are on a list for an organ donation and 16 people die on average every day while waiting for a transplant.

Contributions to the Angela Rushford Children’s Organ Donation Fund can be made by contacting the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois at 962-2110, or by visiting

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