johnny cash music festival
About The Festival and Bill’s Involvement
This history-making event came about through a serendipitous conversation with Arkansas State University alumnus Bill Carter, a television producer in Nashville, during the Homecoming festivities at ASU. When Bill learned that his alma mater was attempting to acquire and restore the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home in Dyess, he immediately agreed to produce a benefit concert, provided that it met with the approval of the Cash family.
The Cash family not only endorsed Bill’s idea, but Rosanne Cash and John Carter Cash offered to help plan the festival and co-host the concert. The artists in the inaugural line-up donated their time, and numerous sponsors contributed to travel expenses and production costs, meaning 100 percent of the ticket sales went to the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Project.
rhs helping hands foundation
The Rector High School Helping Hands Foundation was established in 2006 as a non-profit 501(c)3 organization by a multi-generational coalition of Rector High School alumni for the purpose of helping meet the short-term financial needs of disadvantaged students attending Rector, Arkansas public schools.
With guidance from school administrators, teachers and counselors, the Helping Hands Foundation provides funding through Grants to disadvantaged students for basic health care, food and school supplies.
Visit the RHS Helping Hands Foundation online