Paula Shuff joined The Harmony River Chorus of Sweet Adelines International nearly eight years ago when her family moved to the area. She discovered that her soft voice found a home among the women's barbershop repertoire.
"What drew me to the group was I'm a performer at heart and I love to sing," Mrs. Shuff said. "There was a place for me to sing and I fit in well with my voice."
Every Thursday night, Mrs. Shuff can be found rehearsing with the chorus for upcoming performances. The group's next performance, slated for Thursday night, will benefit the National Foundation for Transplants in honor of Mrs. Shuff's husband, James.
Mr. Shuff was diagnosed with Hepatitis B, or what is commonly known as cirrhosis of the liver, nine years ago and underwent a liver transplant in August. The National Foundation for Transplants, a nonprofit organization based in Memphis, Tenn., is helping the Shuffs with some of the costs associated with the transplant. Funds come from the foundation's campaigns conducted by local volunteers in honor of a patient in their community.
"We found out nine years ago that a transplant was necessary," said Mrs. Shuff, adding that her husband contracted the virus through a blood transfusion nearly 20 years before the diagnosis. "He made the official list in May and the transplant was done in August at Emory University."
Tonight's concert, featuring The Harmony River Chorus, will be held at the North Augusta High School auditorium.
"We hope to raise $4,000 to $5,000 through this concert," Mrs. Shuff said. "That would be great."
In addition to The Harmony River Chorus, the Greenbrier Elementary School choir, the Garden City Choir and the a cappella group Wings, from North Augusta High School, also will perform.
"The concert includes different types of music to celebrate the season," Mrs. Shuff said.
Individuals wishing to make a tax-deductible contribution to the Shuffs can do so through the National Foundation for Transplants' Web site at www.transplants.org. To make sure that he donation goes to the Shuffs, go to the Patients We Help link and search for Mr. Shuff in the patient listing.
So far, the Shuffs have raised $5,000 through various fundraisers. Their goal is to raise $35,000.
The Harmony River Chorus of Sweet Adelines International will be held at 7 p.m. today at North Augusta High School, 2000 Knobcone Ave. Also performing will be the Greenbrier Elementary Choir, the North Augusta High School Wings and the Garden City Chorus.
Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students.
Proceeds will benefit the National Foundation for Transplants
For more information, call 613-1649.