Rimes concert nets $20,250 for WEF

Posted: November 30, 2012

The Winchester Star

WINCHESTER — Proceeds from the local LeAnn Rimes concert earlier this month ended up exceeding the previous three Patsy Cline Classic events.

Rimes performed at the Patsy Cline Classic IV at Handley High School on Nov. 16.

According to Russ Potts, executive director of the Winchester Education Foundation, net proceeds from the sold-out concert totaled $20,250.

All the money will go toward the foundation.

Potts’s office stated that last year’s Wynonna Judd concert reeled in net proceeds of $14,000. In 2010, earnings from the Beach Boys concert totaled $13,050, and in 2009, Willie Nelson racked up $10,025.

Proceeds hinge partly on how much it costs to get a particular performer to come to Winchester.

Along with Rimes’s appeal, Potts attributes the increase in proceeds to improved corporate sponsorship; the support of the community, WEF board, and Winchester Public Schools; momentum built from previous successful events; increased lead time for this year’s event — which was held in November and not in October like the first three concerts — and interest in local singer Britani Myers.

In a Friday email, Potts thanked the two singers, along with Zolivia LLC, Mayor Elizabeth Minor, Chris Mitchell of WUSQ-FM, Charlie Dick and family, the WEF board, Pepper Martin III, Winchester Public Schools and the community.

“The event was a tremendous success — an amazing accomplishment with great teamwork where no one worries about who receives the credit,” Potts wrote. “We’re already working on the Patsy Cline Classic V for 2013.”

— Contact Rebecca Layne at rlayne@winchesterstar.com