Entertainer gives back to hometown

Dec. 20, 2012 @ 03:02 PM

Open Door Ministries will have a magical Christmas, thanks to Tony Griffey and friends.
The recent "A Magical Christmas" concert, featuring four-time Grammy Award-winning tenor Griffey and Joe Pecoraro and Warren Jones, raised $122,000 for local nonprofit agency Open Door Ministries, surpassing the $100,000 goal.
“It was great,” Griffey said. “To my knowledge, this is the biggest single fundraiser in the history of High Point, and that’s such a wonderful feeling.”
The benefit took place at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church on Tuesday. Griffey said when he arrived at the church at 5 p.m., the line was already out the door.
“There are certain points in your career that you’ll remember forever, and (Tuesday) night was definitely a night I’ll never forget,” Griffey said. “We all have different gifts and talents. Mine just happen to be in the performing arts. It’s an opportunity to give back and help an agency in our community that helps so many.”
Griffey was born and raised in High Point has done the benefit for four years. In 2010, the last time he did the concert, it raised $75,000 for Open Door.
“This concert is a gift to our community and offers an evening of fellowship,” said Steve Key, executive director of Open Door Ministries. “The generosity of Tony Griffey, and friends Joe Pecoraro and Warren Jones, reminds us of the importance of giving back, especially to those who are in need.”
Donations received through the Christmas concert allow programs such as the Father’s Table, which provides more than 130,000 meals a year, to not only fill an empty plate with food, but offer hope for the future.
“It was a beautiful evening of giving and hope and a lot of love,” Griffey said. “It was really in true spirit of what Christmas is about.”
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