The Woodward Fraternal Order of the Police will be hosting The Lone Star Jubilee on Sept. 8.

The Jubilee is a special concert, featuring gospel singing groups The Texans, the Shafer Quartet and The Bailey Family.

The Texans, which had a long career performing in family entertainment shows in Branson, is now a traveling-group based out of Eureka Springs, Ark. The group primarily performs southern gospel favorites.

The Shafer Quartet is based out of Guthrie and has performed in hundreds of churches throughout Oklahoma. The quartet has even made appearances at the Oklahoma Opry.

The Bailey Family is based out of Victoria, Texas and uses a variety of acoustic instruments to perform their popular bluegrass gospel music. At one time all eight Bailey children joined mom and dad on the road, but now only the three youngest are left with the rest at college or working.

Det. Sgt. Billy Parker, secretary/treasurer of Woodward FOP, said the family friendly gospel concert is one of two fundraisers the FOP sponsors each year.

He said they have held similar concerts in the past, in which both The Texans and the Shafer Quartet have performed before.

Parker explained that the funds raised by the concert go to support the FOP, which in turn supports the Woodward community.

Woodward FOP sponsors $500 scholarships to help local students who are planning on seeking degrees in criminal justice or law enforcement, Parker said.

He said the group also helps purchase equipment for the Woodward Police Department when the city cannot afford it. For example, he said the FOP helped purchase some of the supplies and equipment needed to build the department’s Special Weapons and Tactics team.

The FOP even helped the department purchase one of its first canines, he said.

Parker said FOP members also help support various local charities, such as donating to the toy giveaways at Christmas.

He said they will also provide financial assistance to members who are in trouble.

“We try to help our brothers in need,” he said.

But they also help other citizens within the community, Parker said.

“If someone has a special need, they can bring it to a member of the FOP,” he said.

“We’re just like any other non-profit organization,” he said. “We’re there to help; to do whatever we can to help give back to the community.”

Parker said the concert raises around $1,500 a year which helps the organization fund all their projects.

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Woodward High School Auditorium.

Tickets for the concert cost $10 in advance for adults and $5 in advance for children. Prices at the door are $12.50 for adults and $7.50 for children. A special group price is given to groups of 10 or more.

For tickets or more information about the concert contact Fay with Haystack Productions at 256-5676.

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