Like so many annual events, organizers of the annual Sandy Lee Watkins Songfest in Henderson were forced to cancel the 2020 edition due to the spread of COVID-19 in the area. The cancellation not only meant we weren't able to enjoy the sounds of several talented songwriters who donate their time to the four day event, it meant the foundation wouldn't be able to donate any money to other Henderson area organizations who needed it. Fortunately, it looks like 2020 will be the exception, not the rule, as the group is currently moving forward with plans to host the event in the summer of 2021.

Currently scheduled for Wednesday, July 28th through Saturday, July 31st in downtown Henderson, the Songfest would take place a little before medical experts, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, believe we could see life start returning to normal thanks to the recently approved vaccines, but let's all cross our fingers, toes, and whatever else we can that it will be normal enough to allow the event to take place as scheduled.

Money for the grants comes from ticket sales of the event and are given to a variety of non-profits in Henderson after the final note is played each year. According to a press release provided by Media Coordinator, Jessica Beaven, previous grant recipients include the Henderson Area Arts Alliance, Henderson Boys & Girls Club, Henderson County Diabetes Coalition, Habitat for Humanity, and others.

Organizations must apply in advance in order to be considered for one of the 2021 grants. That application process is open now. If you or someone you know is involved in a non-profit based in Henderson, a copy of the application can be obtained from the Sandy Lee Watkins Songfest website. The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 15th.

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