How to help
* Tammy Yonce's fundraiser concert for March of Dimes will be at 3 p.m. April 1 at Newberry College's recital hall,
2100 College St., Newberry, S.C.
* For those who can't attend, donations can be mailed to the attention of Tammy Yonce at the same address. Checks should be paid payable to March of Dimes.
A South Carolina woman will honor the memory of her niece and nephew during a concert April 1 benefitting March of Dimes.
Tammy Yonce’s brother and sister-in-law, Dave and Jamie Evans of Forsyth County, were married in April 2010. Like many couples, they wanted to immediately begin a family.
Their daughter, Austin, was born Dec. 18, 2010, but at just 29 weeks gestation. Full term is 40 weeks.
She contracted a respiratory virus in January 2011, Jamie Evans said, and due to her underdeveloped lungs was unable to fight off the infection. She passed away on Feb. 7 of that year.
The couple had a second child, son Cash, on Sept. 25. However, he was also born premature, at just 24 weeks gestation.
Jamie Evans said he contracted a skin infection that is common in premature babies and passed away Oct. 5.
“Losing two babies right in a row has been devastating for the entire family,” Yonce said. “I wanted to do something to honor them and bring awareness to prematurity and raise money for the March of Dimes.”
The organization funds research efforts that are used to help save premature infants.
Yonce, a music instructor at Newberry College in Newberry, S.C., decided the best way to accomplish her goals was to organize a benefit concert.
She worked with the college’s music fraternity, Delta Omicron, and other music faculty.
“Delta Omicron is a service fraternity, so they were really happy to help,” she said. “They are most of the students who will be performing, along with a couple of the professors.”
The concert, which will begin at 3 p.m. April 1 at the college’s recital hall, will feature vocal and instrumental classical music.
Admission is free, but donations will be taken up for the organization.
A representative of the town’s March of Dimes chapter will also speak, Yonce said.
She hopes to see some area residents in attendance.
“Newberry College is only a couple of hours from Forsyth, so I hope some locals will want to come,” she said. “But if they can’t, we would love for them to make a donation to the March of Dimes.”
Jamie and Dave Evans, who plan to take part in March of Dimes fundraisers regularly, will be guests of honor.
“It’s really, really touching that Tammy is doing this,” Jamie Evans said. “Typically when something like what we’ve gone through happens, you see people at the funeral but there’s no follow-up.
“For her to do something like this, it just means so much.”