Paula Shuff joined The Harmony River Chorus of Sweet Adelines International nearly eight years ago when her family moved to the area. Her soft voice found a home among the women's barbershop repertoire.
"What drew me to the group was I'm a performer at heart and I love to sing," said Shuff, of Evans. "There was a place for me to sing, and I fit in well with my voice."
Every Thursday night, Shuff and other members of the group can be found rehearsing for upcoming performances. Their next performance, slated for Thursday, will benefit the National Foundation for Transplants in honor of Shuff's husband, James.
Mr. Shuff was diagnosed with Hepatitis B, or what is commonly known as cirrhosis of the liver, nine years ago and underwent a liver transplant in August. The National Foundation for Transplants, a nonprofit organization based in Memphis, Tenn., is helping the Shuffs with some of the costs associated with the transplant. Funds come from foundation campaigns conducted by local volunteers in honor of a patient in their community.
"We found out nine years ago that a transplant was necessary," Mrs. Shuff said, adding that her husband contracted the virus through a blood transfusion nearly 20 years before the diagnosis. "He made the official list in May, and the transplant was done in August at Emory University."
Thursday's concert, featuring The Harmony River Chorus, will be held at the North Augusta High School auditorium beginning at 7 p.m. Cindy Cawthorn, co-chairwoman of the Christmas concert, said tickets cost $8 for adults and $5 for students.
"We hope to raise $4,000 to $5,000 through this concert," said Mrs. Shuff, the media specialist at Greenbrier Elementary School. "That would be great."
In addition to The Harmony River Chorus, the Greenbrier Elementary School choir, featuring 25 to 30 students under the direction of teacher Jeanne Butler, will sing. The Garden City Choir and the a cappella group Wings from North Augusta High School also will perform.
Individuals wishing to make a tax-deductible contribution to the Shuffs can do so through the National Foundation for Transplants' Web site at www.transplants.org.
To make sure the donation goes to the Shuffs, go to the "Patients We Help" link and search for Mr. Shuff in the patient listing.
So far, the Shuffs have raised $5,000 through various fundraisers. Their goal is to raise $35,000.
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