Local farm hosting benefit concert to support Alzheimer's research

Tina Locurto
York Dispatch

Country singer Jay Allen will lead a benefit concert happening Saturday in support of Alzheimer's research.

For Jeff Lau, whose Glen Rock-based Pheasant Run Greenhouse is hosting the event, the reason behind hosting the concert is a personal one: his grandmother.

Jeff Lau I, of Springfield Township, helps to load up a truck bed with begonias at Pheasant Run Greenhouse & Nursery, owned and operated by his son Jeff Lau II,  located in Springfield Township, Thursday, June 24, 2021. The elder Lau owns Mudhook Brewing Company in York City. Dawn J. Sagert photo

“Alzheimer's not only takes the memories of the afflicted but sometimes clouds the memories we have of them,” Lau said in a news release. “It’s our duty to fight for every memory.”

Funds raised during the benefit concert will go toward the Alzheimer's Association — with an overall fundraising goal of $25,000.

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Country singer Jay Allen will lead a benefit concert Saturday in support of Alzheimer's research.

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Concert attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs and photos of loved ones who have Alzheimer's.

Photos will be pinned on a board and later displayed at the “Walk to End Alzheimer's” event later this month.

“We are uniting in this benefit concert to honor and fight for every last memory,” Lau said.

The concert is also personal for Allen, who was featured in the NBC singing competition "The Voice" and has gone on to record music professionally. On the TV show, he recounted his mother's battle with the disease.

“We had to watch my mom go from a vibrant, colorful, giving person, to suddenly having a blank stare on her face, not knowing who we were at the end,” he told NBC News earlier this year.

In addition to Allen’s performance, rising country artist Gillian Smith will kick off the benefit concert as the opening act.

Pheasant Run Greenhouse, a Glen Rock-based farm, will host the event from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday at 10341 Brillhart Road. Donations are encouraged, but admission to the concert is free.