A benefit concert Saturday will raise funds to support ongoing relief efforts in the Philippines following a deadly cyclone that struck Southeast Asia last fall.

The concert will be at 7 p.m. at North Charleston United Methodist Church on Montague Avenue. It will feature Charleston singing trio The Glowettes and the Friends of the Philippines Band, which is made up of local volunteer musicians.

The concert is free, although donations will be accepted.

In November, a tropical cyclone devastated portions of Southeast Asia. It is the deadliest Philippine typhoon on record, killing at least 6,201 people in that country alone and displacing 4 million people.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief stepped in after the storm with emergency funds, volunteers and other aid.

Locally, North Charleston UMC begun fundraising to help the relief committee. Member Derrick Horres is organizing the benefit concert and a companion CD that will be sold at the concert for $10.

Horres, who survived Hurricane Hugo and had been to the Philippines while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, wanted to help after the cyclone struck.

"I knew the road to recovery would be long and hard for the people of the Philippines," he said. "I think sometimes it's comforting just to know that someone out there cares and wants to help."

For more, call 744-6669 or email ncumc1125@att.net.

Jennifer Berry Hawes