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Talent show to benefit Greek family of Tega Cay

Thomas "Tommy" Fitzpatrick, 8, and his father, Thomas, look over a flyer that announces the younger Thomas' third annual benefit talent show. Proceeds from this year's endeavor will benefit the Greek family.
Thomas "Tommy" Fitzpatrick, 8, and his father, Thomas, look over a flyer that announces the younger Thomas' third annual benefit talent show. Proceeds from this year's endeavor will benefit the Greek family.

Thomas "Tommy" Fitzpatrick doesn't like the view from his parents' back deck. That's because the picturesque scene is marred by the charred and roofless house that used to be Jesica and Nathaniel Greek's home.

So, Thomas will hold a June talent show to benefit the Greeks.

"I should appreciate what I have and care for others," Thomas, an 8-year-old third grader at Gold Hill Elementary School, said. "That will get you a long way in life."

And help the Greeks rebuild a life that was marred when a fire destroyed their two-story Tega Cay home on Good Friday. Now, all that's left is a shell of a house - but Thomas plans to help change that.

"If we raise money for them, it would help them feel better and get some more stuff," Thomas said.

Or maybe help out with rebuilding the home.

Either way, Thomas' unselfish act didn't escape the attention of Nathaniel and Jesica Greek.

"It's is great that Thomas wants to do that," Jessica said.

The family-friendly talent show to include a raffle with prizes is slated to kick off at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 6, at the cafeteria at Gold Hill Elementary. On that day, the Fitzpatrick and Greek families will join forces, Jessica Greek said.

"Nicholas will play the piano," she explained.

This year's fundraiser is Thomas' third endeavor. Last year, his benefit talent show raised $1,620 for Stand Up For Kids, a Charlotte-based nonprofit that helps homeless children. But not this year,

Thomas, who turns nine in a couple of weeks, is concerned about righting what turned wrong because of the fire in the Greeks' lives.

He has a message for them:

"We look forward to having you back in the neighborhood," he said.

Admission to the show is a $1 per person.

Entry deadline is May 22. Competition is open to the young and young at heart.

Those desiring to participate in the talent show or donate funds to help the Greeks should call Patty or Thomas Fitzpatrick at 802-1838 or send an e-mail to sc.fitz@hotmail.com.

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