Growing up, Luke Menard was shy, afraid of E.T. and singing in public - and he loved to overeat at Dari-licious.

At least that was the message from his sister Rebekah to the sell-out crowd attending the benefit concert for her brother at Crawfordsville High School Saturday night.

"Wow, how the tables have turned. Luke matured right before our eyes into a handsome man ready to take on the world with his charisma and the voice of an angel," she said.

Rebekah Menard was just one of those on stage Saturday to express her admiration for Luke, her gratitude to the community that continues to rally around him and her faith in God.

To open the evening, Master of Ceremonies Jeff Sparks introduced two people "whom Luke would not be here without - Jaime and Joanie Menard."

"We're just totally blown away by all this. You hear about how every community has a heart and I believe that what I see here tonight is the heart of Crawfordsville," Luke's father said.

Jamie Menard told the crowd "You're going to see a lot of talent here tonight: my son Luke - and my daughter Rebekah."

"Joanie will be dancing later, too," he joked.

Jamie Menard also asked the audience to join him in an opening word of prayer.

"The people on stage tonight will be the first to say that it's not about them - it's about you, Lord," he said.

The first performance of the evening was Luke singing "So Much More", a song he co-wrote soon after his 'American Idol' run ended. He said the song, which served as the evening's theme, dealt with the questions of "why am I going through these things; what's the point of all this?"

"There's so much more going on than what we can see; God is bigger than anything you're going through. I can't control what's happening now," he said.

Menard also sang "Make It Home," the first song written shortly after he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a slow-moving cancer that attacks the lymph node system.

The song, which was "sort of about what was going through my head at the time", earned the first of several standing ovations from the audience throughout the evening.

Menard also thanked the crowd for their support.

"I can't believe how quick you guys sold this place out; six days, I think it was. Thanks," he said.

Menard also performed several songs with Chapter 6, the a capella singing group he co-founded eight years ago at Millikin University with Chuck Bosworth, Mark Grizzard, Jarrett Johnson, John Musick, Nathan Pufall, and A.D. Stonecipher.

Stonecipher told the crowd the group is behind Luke with the faith that "God only gives us what we can handle with his strength."

Also on stage Saturday was an electric guitar signed by this year's 'American Idol' Top 10, which will be raffled off to the public.

"When the Top 10 heard I had cancer, they wanted to do something and this is what they came up with," Luke said.

He added that he'd received a text message from 'Idol' winner David Cook shortly before the concert promising to match whatever amount the guitar brings in.

"He's a cool guy - and he's a rich guy. I'm glad I met him when I did," Menard joked, adding that Cook "really isn't in it for the money, trust me."

Luke's wife Lara, who sang both solo and with Rebekah, said after the show that Crawfordsville's unending support for her husband continues to be inspiring.

"I've said from the beginning that the community has been nothing but supportive throughout and it's just remarkable," she said.

Her husband added, "It's awesome, man. It just blows me away and leaves me absolutely speechless."