Peggy March to perform at fundraiser for Tuscola County Sheriff’s Mounted Division

about-small03lgBefore rocking around the Christmas tree, one can rock out during an upcoming weekend concert.

Tuscola County Sheriff’s Mounted Division will present a community concert with international pop star, Peggy March.

March, often called “Little Peggy March,” became known as the youngest person in history to have a No.1 single in the U.S. with the hit “I Will Follow Him” in the early 1960s, according to allmusic.com.

The song took her to the top of the charts in other countries such as New Zealand, Japan and South Africa. March continues to tour the U.S. and the world singing songs in English and German.

March will perform at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 at Caro High School gymnasium, 301 N. Hooper St., for the Mounted Division’s 25th Annual Christmas Time Music.

The concert is put on as a large fundraiser that will take the money raised and put it back into the community, said Ray Rendon, president of Mounted Division.

“It’s one of our major fundraisers and it’s something we’ve done annually for 30-plus years,” said Rendon.

Those programs include making three scholarships worth $750 apiece for any Tuscola County high school student interested in the fields of law enforcement or equestrian medicine. Monies also sponsor 4-H events and purchase chickens and turkeys for the annual Senior Christmas Meal.

The concert is supposed to be held before regular firearm deer hunting season in November, but the show was pushed back because of construction at the high school. Rendon said he hopes it should go back to being held during November again.

Tickets are available for purchase at $18 for a single and $23 at the door. Tickets can also be purchased in packages such as six for $108. To purchase tickets and for more details, call 989-673-3360.

Former Mounted Division member Charles Holsworth said the division was established in the early 1960s for the purpose of securing events and searching for missing people.

“It’s a nice organization,” said Holsworth. “I’m glad I was in it.”

The show will open with March’s band performing popular hits on American Bandstand, a music performance television show from 1952 to 1989. March will later sing her hits and other music from the era.

The concert has been put on by the Mounted Division for more than 30 years but used Wolverine Productions of Saginaw, 2621 Bay St., as the company for the past 25 years.

At Wolverine Productions, Concert Producer Rick Middleton said the company usually has a country act performing and over the years featured artists including Tommy Cash making a tribute to his brother Johnny, and Michael Twitty honoring his father, Conway, rather than a rock ’n’ roll or pop show as March and her band will perform.

“Peggy March has toured the world with her music,” said Middleton. “She’s entertained without question millions of people. And we expect everyone who attends that concert to go home feeling wonderful about the music they heard and about the Mounted Division they supported.”

Middleton said at this concert he expects 300 to 400 people will attend, an average amount of attendees at shows from the company.

“We’re always hoping that the community will support us to the extent that they’re capable of doing so,” Middleton added. “Things have been difficult in Michigan probably moreso that other places for the past 15 years and everyone has their church and their favorite charities. We’ve been happily supported for many, many years but we hope we do well again this year.”

Debanina Seaton is a reporter for The Advertiser and can be reached at debanina@tcadvetiser.com.

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