Church to present concert Saturday to help care for children with AIDS

November 05, 1998|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Greater Grace World Outreach, a nondenominational church in Northeast Baltimore, will hold its 10th annual "Melody of Hope" concert at 7: 30 p.m. Saturday to benefit the Pediatric AIDS Program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

The program will feature 15 performers and groups, including gospel radio station Heaven 600's Minister Lee Michaels, Heaven 600's Amazing Choir and the Baltimore City Police Choir.

Since 1988, the church has sponsored the concert and raised nearly $70,000 for the Pediatric AIDS Program.

The proceeds go to the care of the children and not to research. One child who was helped was Sammy Mayes, who contracted acquired immune deficiency syndrome at birth and died at age 12 in May 1997.

The fund paid for critical items, such as compression boots to relieve the pressure from fluid that built up because his kidneys were failing. But it also paid for a bottle of Hugo Boss cologne, a small luxury that Sammy wanted but his family could not afford.

"The thing that excites the Greater Grace World Outreach most about this concert is that all the proceeds go toward making the lives of children tragically afflicted with the AIDS virus a little more pleasant," said assisting pastor Joseph J. Vecchiolla.

The concert will be held at the church, 6024 Moravia Park Drive. Tickets are $20. Information: 410-483-3700.

Pub Date: 11/05/98

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