The Cleverlys Concert Raises Money for Endowed Blackley Scholarship
Published on September 14, 2022
Grassroots Equipment and Outdoors partnered with Townsend Spice and Supply to present The Cleverlys at Ozarka College on September 10, 2022. Hosted by the Ozarka College Foundation with the support of our local ICARE organization, The Cleverlys show did not disappoint.
A raucous crowd of nearly 700 filled the John E. Miller Auditorium at Ozarka College in Melbourne to welcome the Cleverlys. Led by the talented Paul Harris, his band of "family " artists performed renditions of recent pop hits to the tune of their classic bluegrass sound. The Cleverlys put on quite a show, playing many fan favorites mixed in with their ever-present knee-slapping comedy.
Event proceeds benefited the Earnie Blackley Memorial Scholarship Fund through the Ozarka College Foundation, which by showtime tallied more than the $10,000 needed to fully endow the scholarship.
"Losing Earnie was a huge blow to this community, and we felt like hosting a concert in his memory would be the least we could do to honor a life dedicated to law enforcement and public service, " said Shane Linn, owner of Townsend Spice & Supply. "We owe a big thanks to Grassroots Equipment for kicking this off; we're grateful for the show of support and proud we were able to endow this scholarship."
Remaining funds supported ICARE, an organization which comes to the aid of abandoned and abused animals. The concert success is a direct result of event coordination by Ozarka Foundation board member, Shane Linn; key financial support from Bill Miller with Grassroots Equipment; Ozarka supporting staff; and Sheilla Wammack of ICARE.
"We are so grateful for the community support that continually makes these events successful," said Dr. Josh Wilson, Ozarka College vice president. "This concert has been a priority since before the pandemic and we appreciate Shane's coordinating this show as a commitment to honoring and memorializing the life and career of Sheriff Blackley. The Foundation will carry that memory by awarding a scholarship in his name each year. "
The Cleverlys are a one-of-a-kind comedy/music blend coming from the remote part of the Ozark Mountains, near Cane Spur, Arkansas. They are all accomplished musicians putting their unique bluegrass spin on cover songs from any genre. The Cleverlys' set list included genius arrangements of tunes like Psy's "Gangnam Style, " a medley of Blackstreet's "No Diggity, " and Flo Rida's "Low " that recently went viral on Facebook, with over 11 million views from a local TV appearance.
For more information about Ozarka College Foundation Events or about ways you can support Ozarka students, please contact Dr. Josh Wilson, Vice President of Advancement at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 870.368.2059.