A Pasco teen will play the violin in a benefit concert Dec. 11 to assist veterans in need.
Tommy Mayhew, 13, will perform at 6:30 p.m. at the Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Drive. The performance is free, but organizers are asking attendees to donate hygiene items like shampoo and razors, as well as blankets.
Tommy composes music and plays piano, said his father, Tom Mayhew. He used simulated instruments, like the sitar and harpsichord, on his new CD, Silent Night.
"I think we'll fill it," Tom Mayhew said of the 113-person capacity venue.
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Tom Mayhew said the idea for the concert came from a friend.
"You've got people that sacrifice in a big way, and now they're needy," he recalls the friend saying of veterans. "By golly, somebody ought to remember them."
The Mayhews are teaming up with Project Warm-Up, a Pasco nonprofit agency, to collect the items.
Tommy, who is home-schooled, has performed in churches before, but his father said he wanted this performance to be in a location that is open to everyone.
"Frankly, nobody's got a corner on music or talent," he said.