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Songwriter Byron Hill is returning to Greenwood to play for the Fourth Nashville Songwriters Make-A-Wish South Carolina benefit concert at GCT March 2.


The rescheduled Nashville Songwriters Make-A-Wish South Carolina benefit concert is March 2 at Greenwood Community Theatre. Local musicians and Nashville talent are performing.

Keller Ridgeway and Stan Lockaby of Greenwood open the show at 7 p.m., followed by Byron Hill and John Ford Coley. Hill has more than 700 recordings to his credit and Coley is half of the 1970s duo England Dan and John Ford Coley.

Tickets are $20, available at emeraldtriangle.us/theatre/tickets, or by calling the GCT box office at 864-229-5704.

All proceeds support Make-A-Wish South Carolina, which grants wishes of children diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions.

Frank Elliott of Greenwood, organizer of this year's benefit, knows first-hand the impact Make-A-Wish can have.

"It is a belief of Make-A-Wish that wish experiences help in the overall well-being and helps in the healing process," Elliott said. "We saw this first-hand with our son, A.J. Although his prognosis was good at the time he was diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkin's lymphoma, he went through very aggressive chemo and radiation.

"During this time, he was told he would be granted a wish from Make-A-Wish South Carolina. It was a huge encouragement to him to know that he could wish to do just about anything he wanted," Elliott added.

Elliott said the family went on a Disney vacation.

"The vacation was a good way for our family to start a new chapter in our lives," Elliott said, noting the family includes two other children who were also impacted greatly by everything.

"Many of the children who receive wishes go on to live healthy and productive lives," Elliott said, noting A.J. is now 15 and a freshman at Emerald High School.