By Katherine Parker
The Norman Transcript
NORMAN — The sung words “one more time” will be bittersweet as the well-known Sullivan family performs for the last time in its 20th annual concert to benefit the Women’s Resource Center.
Four generations will unite to perform at 7 p.m. Monday on the University of Oklahoma campus in Catlett Music Center, Sharp Concert Hall. The Family Concert is free and open to the public.
Donations to benefit the Women’s Resource Center are accepted. Free parking will be available at the Elm Ave. parking facility.
Every year, members of the Sullivan family travel from across the world to put together the show the day of. The family concert is comprised of a mix of Christmas favorites and pieces the family members are working on in their own careers.
Elizabeth “Betty” Sullivan is the matriarch of her clan of eight. She is a singer, songwriter and storyteller.
Elizabeth said her life is about her family and music, and the family concert celebrates both these things while supporting a good cause. Yet, the Sullivans will say goodbye after this holiday season’s concert.
“Everything has to end,” she said.
Elizabeth said she’s not sure what is next for her as the annual concert comes to a close, but she will continue to write music for poetry and hopes to travel to London again to perform pieces she wrote for Robert and Elizabeth Browning’s poems, as she did this October with her daughter, KT.
“There’s so much I still want to do,” Elizabeth said.
Almost every second generation Sullivan performer will be at the family concert, including Pat, KT, Heather, Tim and Brooke, all except Stacy, who is currently performing “It’s a Good Day, A Tribute to Miss Peggy Lee.”
Dr. Pat Sullivan serves as the medical director for Vian Nursing Home and Professional Home Hospice. Although he does not perform professionally like many of his brothers and sisters, Pat often joins the annual Christmas concert.
KT Sullivan has appeared on Broadway and performed at Carnegie Hall and is a regular at New York’s Algonquin Hotel.
KT will perform Jan. 29 in “Cocktails and Cabaret” to benefit The Mabel Mercer Foundation. She also will perform “Cabaret at Sea” about the Queen Mary 2.
Heather Sullivan is a singer and photographer. She has performed in venues such as The House of Blues and The Troubadour in Los Angeles. She will headline the Grand Princess from Dec. 27 through Jan. 9.
Tim Sullivan formed his first country band as a teenager. He has appeared on stage with Alan Jackson, Willie Nelson and Vince Gill, to name a few. He currently lives in Colorado with his daughter, Heather Kathleen.
Brooke Sullivan is married to Shawn Sullivan. She has performed on stages in Nashville, London and New York City and is a graduate of Oklahoma City University.
Elizabeth’s sons Mike, Danny and Shawn will be at the concert to show support of their family and the Women’s Resource Center.
Third-generation performer Montana Sullivan and fourth-generation performer Blythe Lauren Sullivan will join the family on stage this year as well as Mark Nadler, a famous and influential musician who was nominated for two Lucille Lortel awards, who Elizabeth calls her “adopted son.”
Gone but not forgotten at the performance will be Elizabeth’s husband, Jim Sullivan, who unexpectedly died in 2009. Married at 16, Elizabeth said Jim was the love of her life and he was passionate in his support of the Women’s Resource Center.
This year, the Women’s Resource Center served 91 victims and performed 45 sexual assault exams.
Additionally, the Shelter and Rape Crisis Center sheltered about 300 women and children, and crisis lines handled some 2,500 calls. The Women’s Resource Center also provides court advocacy, domestic violence education groups and crisis intervention.
Funds raised by the family concert help provide the Women’s Resource Center with food, staffing and clothing, as well as provide the Rape Crisis Center with medicine and waiting room refreshments.
Beyond helping the Women’s Resource Center financially, Kristy Stewart, assistant executive director, said the Family Concert helps get the word out about the work the Women’s Resource Center does within the Norman community.
“It’s become a family tradition for many in the community,” Stewart said. “My family has missed only three.”
Donations to the Women’s Resource Center can be made through the organizations webpage, wrcnorman.com. Additionally, the Women’s Resource Center will sell $10 commemorative ornaments at the concert to benefit the center.
For more information about the Women’s Resource Center, visit wrcnorman.com or facebook.
com/wrcnorman, or call 364-9424.
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