Concert planned to benefit the needy

Published: Thursday, November 1, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 4:30 p.m.

Some area families will have a better holiday season thanks to the efforts of an evangelist and her daughter.


Benefit concert

What: The fourth annual "Back to Basics" benefit concert to help agencies and needy citizens in the area featuring Evangelist Gladys Simmons Ellis and her daughter, Psalmist Charlotte Ellis Colbert.

Where: Jerusalem Church of God by Faith, 1230 NE 156th Ave. in the Monteocha community.

When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10.

Information: Call (352) 485-1161.

Evangelist Gladys Simmons Ellis and her daughter, Psalmist Charlotte Ellis Colbert, will be singing praises unto the Lord and helping those in need at the fourth annual "Back to Basics" benefit concert beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Jerusalem Church of God by Faith, 1230 NE 156th Ave. in the Monteocha community.

"In 2003, God placed it in my heart to do a benefit concert to help needy families during the holiday season," Ellis said, adding that all of the proceeds from ticket sales will go toward providing food and gift cards for the needy.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Juniorís restaurant at 1218 N. Main St. and at Alfreda's Alterations & Tailoring Shop at 1105 N. Main St.

Colbert used to sing with the choir at The Potter's House in Dallas, where Bishop T.D. Jakes is the pastor. She also has been a background singer for national recording gospel artists Marvin Sapp (formerly of the gospel group Commissioned), Dorinda Clark of the Clark Sisters and Vicki Winans.

Ellis said donations from a few local physicians and others who buy a certain amount of tickets each year will help fund the show. Tickets are not sold at the door, but an offering will be accepted, and nobody will be turned away.

Ellis said the first benefit concert was held at Lincoln Middle School and more than 300 people attended. Last year, there was no concert due to her daughter's pregnancy.

Proceeds will go directly to needy families, some of whom will attend the concert. A family of four will receive a $100 gift certificate to a local grocery store and a $100 gift card to Wal-Mart.

She said more than 50 families have been helped by the benefit through the years, and one woman received $500 one year to help her move into an apartment.

Wendy Rouse has been to all of the benefits, and she said the holy spirit fills the air.

"It is invigorating for the mind, body and soul," she said. "It gives you a sense of hope and compassion. It is just overwhelming for everybody who attends. It is a multi-level blessing event."

Ellis said this will be the first year the benefit concert will assist the Alachua County PACE Center for Girls with its holiday wishes.

"We will give several girls there $100 gift cards," said Ellis. "We just want to show them that somebody cares about them."

She said she also hopes to provide Fire of God Ministries in east Gainesville with 10 turkeys and five hams for needy families.

Ellis said this will be the third year helping clients at Peaceful Paths, an emergency shelter for women and their children. She said it will be the second year helping clients at the Child Advocacy Center, which helps abused children.

She said others are also helped by the benefit. "We go out into the community and find needy people," Ellis said. "God is doing this. The spotlight is on him."

Ellis said the benefit has grown over the years, and this will be the first time it will be held at her church in Monteocha. She said she expects 500 people to attend. "It is a night of giving and lifting up the name of Jesus," said Ellis.

For more information, call (352) 485-1161.

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