Jamesport Meeting House swings during Hubbard fundraiser

10/30/2011 9:00 AM |

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Dominique Aviles of Mattituck (far left) sings one of 'Just B Cuz' original songs 'Keep your hands in the Master's hand' with other vocalists (from left) Darlene Hubbard, Kevin Ford and Grace Hubbard during Saturday's fundraiser.

The Jamesport Meeting House was rocking Saturday night, as the North Fork gospel group “Just B’ Cuz” played a concert there to raise money for Michael Hubbard and his mother, Nancy Reyer.
Michael is the 15-year-old Riverhead High School student who was badly burned in May when a gel candle exploded in his backyard.
Michael had been in Stony Brook University Hospital, with his mom by his side, until late last month, when he transfered to Blythedale Children’s Hospital in Valhalla, N.Y. in Westchester County.
Just B’ Cuz, a nine-member family group, has good reason to want to help Michael. It’s drummer, Michael Hubbard Sr, is his father.
“He’s moving his legs and arms on his own, but he’s still not quite coherent,” Michael Sr. said of his son. Michael “looks around when people speak to him, but he doesn’t seem to know you’re there yet,” he said. “Hopefully, through the grace of God, he’ll come through this.”
The group’s leader, Kevin Ford, who’s also the South Jamesport Postmaster, said the Jamesport Meeting House Preservation Trust allowed them to use the building at no charge.
“100 percent of the proceeds will be going to Michael and his mom,” he said.
“We offered the space at no charge because the board at the Meeting House Preservation Trust supports the cause and we want to make it possible for them to raise as much as they possibly can,” said Richard Wines, the president of the trust, which owns the Meeting House.
The nine members of Just B’ Cuz have been playing gospel together since 2005, are all related, and all come from the North Fork, according to Alethia Ford, the group’s keyboard player, who’s also a Riverhead High School math teacher.