Char­ity Con­cert Choir to be held Sun­day

El Dorado News-Times - - Local -

An El Do­rado wo­man and a Cros­sett man have been se­lected as the 2017 ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the Char­ity Con­cert Choir, the an­nual fundraiser which is set for 6 p.m. Sun­day in Strong.

The con­cert will be held at Curry Chapel A.M.E., 250 F St. The event is free and open to the pub­lic.

The Char­ity Con­cert Choir was founded in 2000 with a mis­sion to as­sist dis­ad­van­taged fam­i­lies and area cit­i­zens who have been stricken with se­ri­ous ill­ness that has dev­as­tated their fi­nances.

The goal of the choir was to use gospel mu­sic min­is­ter to and in­spire those who re­ceive help from the choir, founders have said.

The Char­ity Con­cert Choir’s flag­ship event is a gospel mu­sic extravaganza that is held each win­ter.

Through its an­nual fundraiser, the choir has as­sisted more than 40 fam­i­lies in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mis­sis­sippi.

The choir also makes char­i­ta­ble con­tri­bu­tions to area nurs­ing homes and other or­ga­ni­za­tions.

This year’s ben­e­fi­cia­ries are Josephine Har­ris and Gre­gory L. Goldsby.

Har­ris, of El Do­rado, was di­ag­nosed with mul­ti­ple myeloma in April, and she is un­der­go­ing chemo­ther­apy treat­ments at the Uni­ver­sity of Arkansas for Med­i­cal Sci­ences in Lit­tle Rock.

Be­cause of the treat­ments and travel, Har­ris is some­times away from home for up to three weeks.

Con­cert or­ga­niz­ers said Har­ris also has to make sev­eral trips to Lit­tle Rock for med­i­cal lab­o­ra­tory ser­vices.

Con­cert or­ga­niz­ers said Har­ris has ap­plied for So­cial Se­cu­rity Dis­abil­ity In­sur­ance ben­e­fits but has not yet been ap­proved.

She is mar­ried to An­thony Har­ris and is a mem­ber of Curry Chapel.

Six months ago, Cros­sett res­i­dence Goldsby was di­ag­nosed with Stage 3 lung can­cer and is un­der­go­ing treat­ment.

The ef­fects of the treat­ment has hin­dered his abil­ity to work, and his work week is limited to two days, or­ga­niz­ers said, adding that Goldsby’s health in­sur­ance does cover all of his med­i­cal ex­penses.

Any­one who is in­ter­ested in do­nat­ing to the Char­ity Con­cert Choir may make con­tri­bu­tions dur­ing the con­cert or mail them to 1853 Aurelle Road, Strong, Arkansas, 71765.

Do­na­tions are tax free.

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