Benefit concert will feature Williams Brothers

The Williams Brothers — from left, Henry Green, Melvin Williams and Doug Williams — will be featured in a benefit concert for the Bishop Walter Camps Sr. Scholarship Fund. (Special to the Guardian)

Published: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 2:18 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 2:18 p.m.

The Williams Brothers, the Grammy-award winning gospel group, will be the featured guests at a program to raise money for the Bishop Walter Camps Sr. Scholarship Fund, which is awarded annually to deserving high school seniors in Alachua County.



What: A benefit for the Bishop Walter Camps Sr. Scholarship Fund with The Williams Brothers.
When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7.
Where: Ignite Life Center, 404 NW 14th Ave.
Tickets: $10; $20 for VIP.
Information: Call 352-284-8397 or 352-371-0944.

The program, which also will feature the Camps Crusade Reunion Choir, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at Ignite Life Center at 404 NW 14th Ave. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or in advance at Gainesville Family Worship Center at 1938 NE Waldo Road and Landmark Holy Temple of God at 1220 NE 23rd Ave. and by calling 352-284-8397 or 352-371-0944.

Special VIP tickets are $20 and will include special seating and admission to a reception with the Williams Brothers, where photos can be taken.

Camps, founder of Holy Temple of God Inc., with churches in Florida, Georgia and Illinois, also served as pastor of Landmark until his death in December 2007.

The Camps family, which will be leading the reunion choir, is also inviting those from the community to join the choir. A rehearsal is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at Landmark.

Camps' widow, Wilma Camps, said the scholarship fund was established because her late husband was a man who loved to give his time and resources to help others in the community.

"We started the scholarship fund because we wanted to continue his legacy," she said. "He loved to give while he lived and he always helped young people who aspired to go to college. I think this will always be a seed for getting kids to attend college."

She said the committee in charge of the scholarship fund has awarded seven $500 scholarships in the past. She said the scholarship committee considers grade point averages, letters of recommendations and resumes when choosing recipients. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is in April. Students interested in applying should contact Wilma Camps at 352-301-7701 or Clara Redmon at 352-375-6314.

Beverly Crawford, who also will be performing with the reunion choir, said her father encouraged all young people to take advantage of the educational opportunities they have because he had to quit elementary school to work in the fields in Jonesville to help his family.

"He always talked about the need for people to have an education so they could have something to fall back on in life," said Crawford, a Stellar Award-winning gospel recording artist who pastors Gainesville Family Worship Center with her husband, Pastor Todd Crawford.

Crawford said having The Williams Brothers perform this year is special because the group was one of her father's favorite. She said her father used to promote gospel concerts and brought The Williams Brothers to Gainesville on several occasions in the past.

"Dad loved them and he always loved good quality gospel music," Crawford said.

She also said the reunion choir will sing songs her father used to sing with his choir and the night will be dedicated to the memory of her father.

"Some people at the program will talk about how daddy impacted their lives and videos of people talking about how daddy impacted their lives will be shown, too," Crawford said.

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