OC alumni, students help fellow alum at OCA Jan. 13

OC alumni and students are performing at Oklahoma Christian Academy's Carnagey Family Benefit Concert Jan. 13 at 6:30 p.m. Photo from OCA.
OC alumni and students are performing at Oklahoma Christian Academy's Carnagey Family Benefit Concert Jan. 13 at 6:30 p.m. Photo from OCA.

Oklahoma Christian University alumni and students are starting the new semester by giving back to a fellow alumni family. Extended OC family and the public are invited to a benefit concert at Oklahoma Christian Academy's auditorium in Edmond, Oklahoma, Saturday at 6:30 p.m. The concert honors the memory of alumna Amy Carnagey and raises funds for the Carnagey Endowment Fund for her daughters, who are OCA students.

The concert will be full of family-friendly entertainment. Alumnus and local television personality and performer Lucas Ross, will emcee the event. Other musical performances will include alumnus Matt Stansberry of the band Matt Stansberry and The Romance, alumnus Erick Alexander and current OC students Jesse Garner and J.D. Martin. 

Amy met her husband, Luke, at OC, and the couple had two girls, Autumn and Cailyn. Amy was diagnosed with cancer in January 2014, and she battled the disease until she passed away in May 2015. The OC and OCA communities rallied around the family then and through today.

Sada Knowles, secondary and middle school principal at OCA and an OC alumna, reflected on how Amy maintained a joyful attitude and wore a smile on her face throughout her fight with cancer.

“She was really kind, friendly and dedicated to the Lord and her family,” Knowles said. “Her struggle with cancer was so difficult to watch. One thing I admire most about her and her family is that they made it a goal from the beginning to try to bring glory to God in that situation, no matter what happened, proclaiming the message that He overcomes, no matter what happened to her life here.”

The president of Oklahoma Christian Academy, Brandon Tatum, knew the Carnageys because their oldest daughter attended elementary school at OCA. He understood how important the school was to the Carnagey family. 

“Amy really wanted her daughters to get a Christian education,” Tatum said. “She thought it was really important to her family and the girls. Following her passing, OCA set up an endowment fund to make sure that the Carnageys always have the opportunity for a Christian education. We hope the fund will also be able to help future children at OCA who may be affected by cancer.”

Garner, one of the performers for the benefit concert, attended OCA. He expressed how much it meant for him to perform Saturday.

“I know that the Carnageys are some of the nicest, most fun and energetic people you will ever meet,” Garner said. “I think this is a very important thing to do. An act of kindness can go a long way.”

Tickets for the event can be purchased for $20 online. OCA is located at 1101 E. 9th St. in Edmond.