Start the holiday season off Sunday, Nov. 20 with the 20th annual Empty Stocking Fund Christmas Concert.
The concert begins at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 3500 Walton Way, with the Augusta Concert Band. The concert is free and open to the public. Ticketholders will be the first to enter.
Conductors for the holiday concert will be David Silver, Jim Tau and Jason Harriman.
The Augusta Chronicle’s favorite columnist Bill Kirby will welcome guests and WRDW news anchor Richard Rogers will be the announcer.
The concert kicks off the Empty Stocking Fund collections, 100 percent of which goes to help parents provide Christmas for their children.
The community charity was started in 1930. Last year 1,200 families were helped.
Free tickets to the Empty Stocking Fund Christmas Concert may be picked up at the offices of The Chronicle, 725 Broad St., and the Columbia County News-Times, 4272 Washington Road, Suite 3B. Tickets may be obtained through the mail by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to The Augusta Chronicle, Marketing Department, c/o Empty Stocking Christmas Concert, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.