Recording artist Rebecca Frederick, formerly of Ada, will headline a concert at Byng Oct. 4.

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Recording artist Rebecca Frederick, now based in Nashville, Tenn., will headline a concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, in Byng High School gymnasium to raise money for her former teacher and mentor, Jan Sturdevant, who is battling cancer for the third time.

Frederick is extremely eager to make this a real means of financial assistance as well as encouragement to Sturdevant, according to Frederick’s mother, Lolita Frederick

"We are all no doubt aware that one of our long-time teachers in the Ada area is fighting a brave battle with cancer. Jan Sturdevant has taught both in the Ada and the Byng school systems, as well as at East Central University. Jan has also been the cheerleading coach for Byng and Ada.

(She was Rebecca’s algebra teacher, cheerleading coach during her four years at the high school, and one of her greatest high school inspirations to work hard to fulfill her dreams.)

”Because of the strong influence Jan has had on hundreds of students over the years, Rebecca feels it is important that we each do what we can to assist her both emotionally and financially at this very difficult time.

"Rebecca’s contribution to that goal is to travel from Nashville, Tenn., to Ada, to have a benefit concert in her honor.”

Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children, ages 12 and under.

Frederick will introduce a song she wrote in honor of Sturdevant, and a very special item featuring this song has been designed and will be available specifically for this concert. T-shirts will also be available, as well as several items from top recording artists available through silent auction. Special guests, “Bloodline,” as well as dancers will be part of the event.

"We want this concert to be a great encouragement to Jan, as well as to raise as much money as possible to help her with the financial burden,” Frederick said.

"Please consider being a part of this event. There are several ways you can do this:

— By making a donation. Make checks payable to: Jan Sturdevant Benefit Concert, and deposit in the “Jan Sturdevant Benefit Concert” account at Citizen’s Bank. (A C.P.A. will be verifying all funds received.)

— Purchase tickets for friends, family and employees, available at both branches of Citizen’s Bank, from the Byng Cheerleaders and also available at the door.

— Display a poster at your place of employment. (Available by phoning 332-1107 and leaving a message; posters will be delivered.)

— Spread the word through any means you may have and attend the concert."

Frederick, who is now living in Brentwood, Tenn., near Nashville, has entertained locally as well as throughout America, including Branson, Mo. and Nashville.

In a telephone interview, Frederick said things are good for her right now.

“I’m doing some session work and have done showcases around town (Nashville). I’ve also recorded a new album, which has not been released yet,” she said. “I will stay based in Nashville. We really do love it here. I’m also working on a publishing deal, where I will be able to write all the time. Touring was also fun.”

At the Oct. 4 concert, Frederick will perform her new song, “Pretty in Pink,” which she wrote for her album, along with favorites written by other popular songwriters.