Memorial Hospital Foundation is happy to announce that Dr. John and Molly Gray
will serve as honorary chairs for the Beaufort Memorial Hospital Foundation’s
annual Duke Symphony Orchestra concert fundraiser on March 28th. The
couple has been actively involved in the fundraiser since its inception, longtime
supporters of both Beaufort Memorial and Duke University.
Molly’s father was working as Duke’s Business Manager when John (Class of 1968)
was an undergraduate there, so even though they were both from Beaufort, Duke University
was the tie that brought them together.
Molly remembers that her father would have John over for grilled steaks
on Friday nights, and then John would take her out to dinner at the Ratskeller
on Saturdays - all 50 years, three
children, and six grandchildren ago.
grandmother Elizabeth Waterhouse was the organist for St. Helena’s back in the
first half of the 20th century.
Elizabeth and her sister Rita
Crofut spent their afternoons teaching Beaufort’s school children piano and
violin lessons in the very house where Molly and John live now. “Music was always a big part of our family
life” recalls Molly. John confesses to
being late to the game in music appreciation and regrets that he wasn’t among
those pupils, but now he feels there isn’t a concert to be missed. Chief among them, of course, the Duke
years now, Conductor Harry Davidson has traveled with more than 60 Duke
undergraduate and graduate students to perform works of well-known and emerging
classical composers. “The first year we
presented the concert, the audience gave the orchestra a spontaneous standing
ovation after the opening number,” said Alice Moss, Executive Director of the
BMH Foundation. “They’ve been a hit
every year since.” After the concert
this year, patrons have the opportunity to join Davidson and the students for a
special Conductor’s reception across the street at the historic Elizabeth
Barnwell Gough House, home of Dr. and Mrs. Mark Guilloud.
students look forward to the concert each year,” says conductor Harry
Davidson. “As our only concert away from
Duke, the Beaufort concert is one of the highlights of our concert schedule.” While in town, the students stay in the homes
of Beaufort residents, an experience that students and residents alike look
forward to each year. “It’s always fun
to host some of the students who travel all this way to volunteer for the
weekend,” says Molly. “We’ve gotten to
know some truly remarkable young men and women, and they seem to really enjoy
their time in Beaufort.”
concert is one of the Foundation’s most popular and successful fundraisers,
having raised over $224,000 to support BMH’s Healing Arts Program at the Keyserling
Cancer Center and in the main hospital.
Plans Now: General admission tickets are
$35. Patron tickets start at $75 and
include premium seating and an invitation to the conductor’s reception after
the concert. To purchase tickets, visit www.bmhsc.org or call 843-522-5774.