Concert to benefit Daisytown minister

Reverend Doug Quail

Reverend Doug Quail

After years of helping the community, the Rev. Doug Quail of Daisytown Bible Fellowship Church is getting a helping hand from those he’s served and supported.

Quail needs a liver transplant and presently is being processed for the life-saving list. He suffers from non-alcoholic cirrhosis.

West Brownsville American Legion Post 940 and Quail’s family and friends, including the Bentworth Ministerium Community Choir, are sponsoring a benefit Feb. 15. “A Concert for Doug” will be  held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the legion at 800 Middle Street.

Three bands and a comedian are donating their talents and time for the event in recognition of Quail’s ardent support last summer of the Power of Music concerts, held primarily at the American Legion post.

Appearing will be bands Knob Road, Shannon & the Merger and The Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers along with comedian Shane Dolan.

Tickets are $15 per person, which includes a spaghetti dinner. Proceeds will be used to defray Quail’s medical expenses.

Quail, a Daisytown  native, came down with a serious diabetic infection two days after Christmas. The 47-year-old was flown into UPMC in Pittsburgh, where he learned his condition had reached the point that he needed a liver transplant.

Quail is locally known for his RK Possum puppet ministry, appearing at Vacation Bible Schools, festivals and church events.

Each year, he and his wife, Peggy, host “Chicken on the Grounds,” a free meal for area residents at the church he founded eight years ago. They also open the doors of their church each month for a free community dinner. Other times, he will dip into his pocket to provide food baskets to needy residents in his hometown.

As part of his ministry to  others, he makes hospital visits throughout the Pittsburgh and Mon Valley regions and substitutes for other ministers who are on vacation or ill.

“He’s a community guy. He always wants to help,” says Annette Buffer of Brownsville, leader of the Bentworth Ministerium Community Choir, which represents 14 churches in Washington and Fayette counties.

Last fall, Quail burned the mortgage for Daisytown Bible Fellowship Church at 442 Pike Run Rd., California, a shuttered Catholic church that he acquired in 2007 from the Diocese of Pittsburgh. The ordained minister is a graduate of the Douglas School of Business (now Douglas Education Center) and California Area High School. Prior to going into the ministry, he worked 20 years at Interstate Paper Supply Co. in Roscoe.

Tickets will be sold at the legion door or in advance through Buffer at The fund-raising committee also includes David and Bobbi Hixon and Donna Antol, all of California,; Gary Antol (The Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers) of Stockdale; and SueAnne Antonucci of Daisytown.

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