The ARC of Ohio-Stark County will feature a special performance this year during its Premier Event. Well-known artist Willie Nash will take the stage to help raise awareness and funds for the ARC.

The ARC of Ohio-Stark County will feature a special performance this year during its Premier Event. Well-known artist Willie Nash will take the stage to help raise awareness and funds for the ARC. He will perform at 6:15 p.m. Oct. 15 at the First Christian Church in North Canton.

ARC is an organization that helps individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families by hosting camps, providing support through special programs and by providing advocacy.

Some of the talent highlighted at the event includes the Angel Project dance company, Danceability, American Idols Special Needs Cheerleaders, Handprints Choir, Erin Bryne and Tim Baley. The headliner this year is Willie Nash.

Nash lost his eyesight in his late teen years while living in Los Angeles, Calif. He became a singer at age 16. He would eventually go on to sing professionally with the world famous 1950s popular vocal group, the Platters. The group had several number one hits along the way including, “Only You,” “The Great Pretender,” and “Smoke Gets in Your Eye.” The Platters were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

“ARC is very excited to have Willie Nash headline this year’s Premier Event,” said Chelsea Dietle, programs and events assistant for ARC.

The evening starts with hors d’oeuvres and assorted desserts. The variety show begins at 7:15 p.m.

Massillon Mayor Kathy Catazaro-Perry and North Canton Mayor David Held will compete in a friendly competition to see who can raise the most money while on stage.

More than 200 people attend last year’s Premier Event and helped raise $17,812.

“The event is a great opportunity to highlight the talents of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Willie Nash, who is visually impaired, will be a great addition,” Dietle said.