Faith, fellowship help family rise from ashes
HAMMONTON - Faith and fellowship were the themes Saturday night at Calvary Chapel of Hammonton, as the church held a concert fundraiser for the Coyle family, who lost their home to a fire in March.
The fundraiser was thought of and organized by Ru Breau and Bill Dempsey. “We are all on Earth to help each other,” said Breau when asked how the idea for a fundraiser came about.
“I have been so humbled by everyone,” said David Coyle, who was displaced along with his wife Kathy and son Dawson following the fire at their Williamstown-area home. They are currently staying with Kathy’s parents.
“There is a great support system of our family and friends lifting us up,” said Dawson Coyle, who was one of the musicians who performed at the concert. Dawson Coyle is a budding Christian artist who travels widely performing.
Dawson Coyle was the first to perform and sang several songs including an original song titled “It’s Getting Dark,” which was written before the fire but has helped the family hold onto their faith after it.
The Coyle’s worship at a sister church, Calvary Chapel of Vineland, which held a fundraiser of its own in May for the family. Dawson Coyle will be performing at Vinefest, which will be held at Calvary Chapel of Vineland on July 24.
Another artist to perform was Chelsea Musick. Musick is a Christian artist who has performed all over the country and on national television.
“I am good friends with Dawson and his family; I would do anything for them,” said Musick. For more information on Chelsea Musick, please visit her website at http://www.chelseamusick.com/
The last musician to play was Dave Pettigrew, who along with his band, performed several worship songs and read a few biblical passages that were about holding on to faith even during the hard times. For more information on Dave Pettigrew, please visit http://davepettigrew.net/.
“All of the musicians donated their time for this event and all of the snacks were donated as well,” said Dianne Lombardo, wife of Calvary Chapel of Hammonton Pastor Vince Lombardo.
Pettigrew brought Musick and Dawson Coyle back on stage for the last few songs, but there was a surprise in store for Dawson. Dawson, who lost all of his musical instruments in the fire, was given a keyboard in order to help him with his music. For more information on Dawson Coyle, visit his website at http://www.dawsonmusic11.com/.
If you are interested in helping the Coyle family, a donation can be made through Calvary Chapel of Hammonton. You can either make a donation on their website at www.cchammonton.org or by check, which may be sent to 660 S. Egg Harbor Road, Hammonton, NJ 08037, please specify “Coyle Family Fundraiser”.