Annual Jana Stanfield charity concert comes to Portales

By Ashley Lee: PNT Staff Writer

Singer, songwriter and inspirational speaker Jana Stanfield will be back in Portales Saturday for her annual concert sat the Portales High School Auditorium. The event benefits children with muscular dystrophy.

“I am looking forward to seeing old friends, family, and making new friends, as well as performing with the Portales High School Choral, and the Farwell High School Band, and eating every day at Taco Box,” said Stanfield.

Stanfield, a Grady native who graduated from Clovis High School and Eastern New Mexico University has enjoyed a successful music career and has branched out into the business of inspirational speaking.

She has appeared regularly on the Jerry Lewis Labor Day MDA Telethon. Her latest CD, released earlier this month is entitled “Live At Carnegie Hall.”

She says her style is categorized inspirational music.

“It is unique and I call it heavy-MENtal or psycho-therapy you can dance to,” Stanfield said.

Tickets for the concert are $10 for general admission, $7 for students and children 5-and-under are free. Raffle tickets for the two guitars autographed by Clint Black and Little Big Town are $5 and raffle tickets for the brown bag raffle are $2. The brown bag raffle items were all donated by area merchants, “There are some really nice things in the brown bag raffle,” said Judy Hall of Portales, Stanfield’s cousin and organizer of the Portales event.

All of the proceeds from the raffle and the concert tickets go to the Panhandle Muscular Dystrophy Association to send children with MD to summer camp, according to Hall. She says it costs $600 to send one child to camp and last year the event raised enough money to send five children to camp. Hall said that the children that benefit from the fund-raiser are from the Panhandle area including one child from Clovis. The camp is held at Ceta Canyon near Happy, Texas.

“The children say that this is the best week of their whole year, it is one week where they are no different from anyone else,” said Hall.

“I will rehearse with the bands that day. They are so good that they can walk in every year and we are able to rehearse it a few times through and then perform it,” said Stanfield.

The doors open at 6 p.m. and the concert starts at 7 p.m.

“That is to give time for people to buy raffle tickets,” said Hall.

“It will be the best two hours any one will have spent in a long time, and it is a great cause,” said Hall.