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Foodstock 2009

New Hilltop music festival
to help raise funds for
church benevolence

Numerous local, regional musicians
to perform at event

By Konnie McCollum
Staff Writer

(October 2009) – Randy Stewart loves to help people. When his church, New Life Fellowship, ran out of money and supplies for its Benevolence Fund, he knew he had to do something. He thought he would organize a small fundraiser for the church and possibly include some live entertainment.
That “little” fundraiser has turned into an all-day music festival, complete with food vendors, a hog roast, golf scramble and a full lineup of top-notch musicians from the local area.
The first annual Foodstock 2009 will be held from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at Cozy Acres Golf Course, located on Old State Rd. 62 in Madison, Ind. A pre-festival golf scramble will start at 9 a.m. Scramble participants are asked to bring non-perishable food items and get entered into drawings for prizes.
The music lineup includes the Jimmy Davis Band, Numbhunger, 31 East, RockBox, Christian Rock group ASIAM, Bluegrass and folk group The River Newts, blues band The Rumblers, Chris Jesse and more. All of the musicians donated their time for the community fundraiser.
The event includes a Kings of Cornhole tournament, inflatables for children, and even a Bungee Run tournament, sponsored by Dr. Jason Golec of Jefferson County Chiropractic. Early arrivers can take advantage of a free hog roast while supplies last. Smokin’ Crowes BBQ and BBQ Pitstop Pull Pork and Ribs will also have food booths with a variety of menu items available.
Stewart said the idea for the fundraiser arose when the coffers of the church’s Benevolence Fund ran dry after too many requests for help. The new church, located in the old Sears building on Clifty Drive, takes 80 percent of what is tithed each week and puts it into a fund to provide food, clothing and money to people facing hardships. “We hate turning down anyone who has a serious need,” said co-pastor Scott Kollmann.
He said when the fund ran out, Stewart was worried and anxious to raise more funds to continue their mission. “He has blown me away with what he has been able to accomplish,” he said. “Of course, I know God is in this, too.”
“I contacted a few people, and then word began to somehow get around,” said Stewart, who along with Kollmann started the non-denominational New Life Fellowship three weeks before Easter. “Next thing I knew, people were calling asking to be included.” Sponsors have provided enough funds to pay for everything up to this point. “One hundred percent of the proceeds are going to allow us to help people through the winter,” he said.
This has been an overwhelming outpouring of support by our community,” said Kollmann. “We were hoping to raise as much money as we could – whatever that could be, and the tremendous amount of community support is really going to help.”
Sponsors for the event include Cozy Acres Golf Course, Ghostnote Music, Dickerson Roofing, Rusted Roots Barber and Styling Salon, Fashion-n-Flair Hair and Nail Salon, Famous Bellos Pizza, MPS Printing and Swiss Caps.
Stewart said he hopes to make this an annual event for the community and welcomes all involvement in it.
Wristbands for music event only are $10 for adults. Children 12 and under get in free with paying adults. Wristbands for the golf scramble and festivities are $20.

• For more information, contact Randy Stewart at (812) 801-1503 or Scott Kollmann at (812) 701-0394.

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