Singer Kat Perkins will be in Bismarck next week to perform at a benefit concert for a Bismarck homeless shelter.
Proceeds from the concert, which will be held March 8 at the Belle Mehus Auditorium, will go to The Welcome House, which serves homeless people in the Bismarck-Mandan area.
Perkins, a Scranton native, lives in Minneapolis but often returns to her home state. She was a contestant on season 6 of the TV singing show "The Voice," which premiered in 2014. Since then she's performed for troops overseas and did a school tour across the United States.
Perkins is not new to philanthropy. In Minneapolis on Friday, Perkins said her concert there was canceled, so she decided to volunteer at the city's Ronald McDonald House.
"I love (volunteering) so much. It's so rewarding," she said.
Pamela Scherf, director of The Welcome House, said the group was looking for fundraising opportunities for the shelter, which recently relocated.
"I think it's going to be good, because Kat, she's a North Dakota native supporting her own local area with homelessness," Scherf said.
The Welcome House reopened this past August in Bismarck after it closed its Mandan location in October 2016. Scherf said the shelter is housing three families and two single women.
Perkins said she's excited to perform at the concert to benefit the homeless. She's typically involved in other charitable organizations aimed at helping children with cancer and not specifically homeless shelters.
"I think that, for me, especially in North Dakota, it's really an honor to use my platform, my voice, to sort of supply music for great cause," she said.
In 2016, The Welcome House provided a total of 5,854 nights of shelter to 30 families, according to its website.
Scherf said the fundraising goal is at least $10,000. Money raised would go toward sustaining the new shelter and possibly expanding in the future.
Perkins, who hasn't been to Bismarck since December, said the upcoming concert was "perfect timing." At the concert, she will debut her new single, "You Are Not Alone," which is about the support system people can provide to others.
"I thought it'd be a really cool addition to bring that song, and no one has heard it yet," she said.
The concert will be held at 7 p.m. March 8. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are available online for $37 for adults, $27 for children ages 2 to 12. Tickets at the door are $40. For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.bismarckeventcenter.com/events/2017/kat-perkins-benefit-concert-for-the-welcome-house.