Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Share America Foundation chooses fiddler for scholarship
The Sacred Sounds Fridays events help fund the organization’s Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship. Pearl and Floyd Franks are the late parents and former entertainment managers of actor/entertainer Randall Franks, "Officer Randy Goode" from TV's "In the Heat of the Night." The scholarship honors students excelling in the Appalachian musical arts.
Fiddler Emerald Butler of Sale Creek, Tenn. was selected as the third 2014 scholarship winner.
"I feel extremely blessed, and I am very thankful for this scholarship" she said. "I think it is fantastic that I can receive a scholarship because of my music, and for my music."
Butler is currently attending Chattanooga State.
“We were honored to present $500 to assist her as she pursues her college studies,” said Share America Chairman Gary Knowles.
She plans to study Music Business at MTSU once she finishes all of the general requirements at Chattanooga State.
"My plan is make a living making music and entertaining. I want to record, tour, act, etc. I want to do it all!, she said. "I have been told before to go to college and get a real job, or to do something other than music. I've been told that it is really hard to make a living out of playing music, but everyday I listen to someone who does on the radio. I believe that I have a God given talent, and that entertaining is what I'm meant to do. I may or may not make it, but I'm at least going to try."
Butler is the daughter of Daric and Karen Butler of Sale Creek, Tenn.
She is the granddaughter of Dalton and the late June Butler of Soddy Daisy, Tenn. and of Charles and Olena Hudson of Brayton, Tenn.
For more information, visit emeraldfiddler.webs.com. or on Facebook.
“Emerald shows terrific ability as a fiddler and shares a wonderful rapport with the audience,” said Franks, Share America president. "I know her many talents will assist her in finding many great doors open for her as she entertains throughout her life."
Share America Foundation Board members include Franks, Knowles, Jimmy Terrell, vice chairman; James Pelt, secretary; and Jerry Robinson, Sr., vice president; and Adam Cathey.
The next Sacred Sounds Fridays is January 9, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ringgold Depot featuring Southern Gospel Music Hall of Famer Archie Watkins. Admission is a $5 donation. Franks will host the event.
For more information about the organization and its programs, contact Share America, P.O. Box 42, Tunnel Hill, Ga. 30755 or visit www.shareamericafoundation.org.
Pictured Above: Emerald Butler (second from left) receives the 2014 Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship from Randall Franks (third from left). Others joining the presentation are (from left) Gary Knowles, SAF chairman; Jimmy Terrell, SAF vice chairman; and James Pelt, Share America Foundation secretary. (Share America photo by Ryan Stinson)