Letter: Yolanda Adams Gospel concert sells out

August 14, 2012|Letter to The Aegis

Gospel music lovers missed their chances to purchase tickets for this year's "Afternoon of Musical Praise" featuring Grammy-winning artist Yolanda Adams, slated for Aug. 18 at Aberdeen Proving Ground's Post Theater. The concert sold out almost two weeks ago.

Community response coupled with major sponsorship support spiked the concert as "a must attend" event in Harford County, event organizers said.

"Ames United Methodist Church tapped into some of the area's finest talent in music and dance to share the stage with a national recording artist," said Renee L. Johnson, event chair. "Our partnership with APG and the support of major sponsors have made it possible for Ames to create an event that honors and pays tribute to America's wounded warriors.

Sponsors include Walmart, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Upper Chesapeake Health Center, Applebee's, Lenora Hammett & Associates, J&C Designs, DeChalet Salon, Grace & Glory Magazine, Chick Fil-A, Harbor Bank of Maryland, Organo Gold and Louviers Mortgage Corporation.

Agnes Minor, president of the Harford/Cecil County Chapter, Xi Delta Omega of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., stated her sorority's mission is service to all mankind. The organization was is the nation's oldest African American sorority, founded in 1908 at Howard University in the District of Columbia.

"We have been serving the community for over 30 years and many of our members are affiliated with APG as active and retired military and civilian employees. Our outreach efforts - which include over the last 15 years funding more than $75,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors, care services at senior living facilities, partnering with SARC to raise funds to help stop rape, sexual assault, and gender violence, and Making Strides against Breast Cancer - are just a few of the ways that we can give support to our military families throughout the year," Minor said. "Supporting An Afternoon of Musical Praise provides us with an opportunity to continue to serve the community. Service remains our signature."

David Simpkins, senior vice president of Market Strategy and Health Equity of major event sponsor the American Cancer Society, stated that the concert presents "a great way for us to provide important cancer prevention and awareness information of our programs and services to families who serve our country.

"Cancer claims the lives of 1,500 a day in the United States. But, the good news is that current trends point towards a decline in cancer mortality, but there are more lives to save," Simpkins said. "Due to the efforts of the American Cancer Society and other cancer-fighting organizations, we are now saving more than 350 lives a day, which means we have seen millions of cancer deaths avoided. We are here to serve our military families with the important information they need to stay well, get well, find cures and fight back against cancer."

Randall C. Riffe, a senior mortgage banking specialist with Louviers Mortgage Corporation, stated that sponsoring the concert is "the right thing to do. I come from a long line of family members who have served proudly in several branches of the armed forces of the United States including my brother and myself. Our father, a WWII Veteran, was wounded twice when fighting the Germans in North Africa and France during [World War II]. Anyway I can help military veterans, count me in."

Riffe is also a former U.S. Armored Calvary Detachment Commander.

More than 47,000 servicemen and women have been injured in Operation Iraqi Freedom, which began in Iraq in March 19, 2003 and officially ended Aug. 31, 2010; Operation Enduring Freedom, which refers to combat operations in Afghanistan and other regions in support of the Global War on Terror; and Operation New Dawn, which refers to conclusion of operations in Iraq beginning September 1, 2010 and ending December 15, 2011.

In addition to the physical wounds, it is estimated as many as 400,000 service members live with the invisible wounds of war including combat-related stress, major depression, andpost-traumatic stress disorder. Another 320,000 are believed to have experienced a traumatic brain injury while on deployment.

The concert will include performances by area talent including the Baltimore City College High School Choir and Oak Grove Baptist Church's band, Apostle. Wounded warriors from throughout the Greater Washington DC area will also attend the concert.

T'Jae Gibson

On behalf of Ames United Methodist Church of Bel Air

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