HAGERSTOWN -- For the second year in a row, international opera star William Clarence Marshall III will headline the City of Hagerstown's Utility Relief Benefit Concert, an annual event that raises money to help residents pay their utility bills.
Marshall's booking was officially announced Wednesday during a press conference at City Hall. Other performers will include Hagerstown resident Abigail Nigh and choirs from Clear Spring Middle and Smithsburg High schools.
The event also will include a salute to veterans.
Councilwoman Alesia D. Parson-McBean, who along with Councilwoman Penny M. Nigh came up with the idea to hold the inaugural concert last year, said the event "is an excellent opportunity to give back to those we serve."
"Our needs are local," she said. "... We are determined and dedicated to help those in need."
City Finance Director Alfred Martin said last year's concert netted $20,500.
But the organization that disburses the funds, the Washington County Community Action Council, said only about $3,000 was claimed.