Peach State Quartet to Sing for FSH Muscular Dystrophy Research

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The event will take place on Saturday, September 7 at Sharon Baptist Church, McDonough, Georgia.

Please join the Peach State Quartet at Sharon Baptist Church, McDonough, Georgia on Saturday, September 7 at 5:00 p.m. for music and dinner to benefit the FSH Society, a world leader in combating muscular dystrophy. The Peach State Quartet, a male southern gospel group that has been singing together since 1972, will perform, followed by a Hawaiian-themed dinner.

The ensemble was named one of the top 5 male quartets for 2012 by the Southeastern Southern Gospel Music Conference. Their single released to national radio, "Right on Time God," hit the Christian Voice Top 100 Chart in the first month it was released, and has climbed the chart every month since then. “We’re a group of guys that love to have fun while we are communicating the gospel of Jesus Christ through song,” says the group’s leader, baritone Doug Stroup.

Opening for the Peach State Quartet will be the locally celebrated Fulmer Sisters, Nashville singer-songwriter Phil Bennett, and Virginia Wyckoff, the newly crowned National American Miss Georgia Teen 2013. Bennett was himself diagnosed with FSH muscular dystrophy, as was Wyckoff’s sister Carden.

Tickets are on sale now and proceeds from the event will go to the FSH Society to fund research on Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD), a type of muscular dystrophy. The disease causes a progressive loss, wasting and atrophy of all skeletal muscles, usually starting with the locations reflected in the name of the disease: face, shoulder girdle and upper arms. The non-profit FSH Society has provided millions of dollars in seed grants to pioneering research worldwide, and has created an international collaborative network of patients and researchers.

The benefit event was organized by Rod Fulmer, a McDonough resident whose family has been hit hard by FSHD.

“This disease has affected several of us, beginning as far back as my grandfather, dad, uncles, cousins, my two sisters and me,” Fulmer explained. “My dad passed away in 2005, and I wanted to do something in his honor. I decided to try to start a tradition that could go on for years -- maybe even after I am gone. That is how the Annual Fulmer Family Dinners to benefit the FSH Society got started. I wanted to do something to try to help stop this disease that has taken a toll on so many of us.”

As word spreads, the Fulmer Family dinner, now in its fourth year, it is attracting patients, family members and music lovers from all over the state of Georgia and beyond. This year, a number of companies have signed on as event sponsors, including Dodson Global Inc., Precision Flange and Fittings Inc., Allard USA, and Mills Iron Works.

Event Details:

  •     What: Hawaiian-themed dinner featuring the Peach State Quartet, the Fulmer Sisters and Phil Bennett, with proceeds going to the FSH Society
  •     When: Saturday, September 7, 5:00 p.m.
  •     Where: Sharon Baptist Church, 536 North Ola Road, McDonough, Georgia; Map
  •     Tickets: http://www.fshsociety.org/pages/conEFulmer.html
  •     More Information: Rod Fulmer, rodman624(at)aol(dot)com; 770-598-4105

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About the FSH Society
The FSH Society, founded in 1991 by two FSHD patients, is a world leader in combating muscular dystrophy. The non-profit has provided millions of dollars in seed grants to pioneering research worldwide, creating an international collaborative network of patients and researchers. The FSH Society seeks to serve as a source of information and support for all patients and families with FSHD; act as a driving force in the development of research directed towards treatments and ultimately a cure; and bring support to patients and research for FSHD through effective engagement of governmental and private sector organizations and entities. For five consecutive years, the Society has received the Charity Navigator’s four-star rating, the highest distinction held by less than four percent of non-profit organizations in the country. The FSH Society offers a community of support, news and information for FSHD patients and families through its website at http://www.fshsociety.org and by phone at 781-301-6060.

About Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD)
Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) is a degenerative muscle disease for which there is currently no treatment. FSHD effects approximately 500,000 people worldwide and between one and two percent of the population carries a genetic trait that places future generations at risk of FSHD.

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