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Famous Gospel Singer Performs to Help Habitat "Close the Gap" in Funding

Americus, Ga. - June 15, 2000 - Nationally renowned concert singer Jonathan Overby will donate his talents to a Habitat for Humanity campaign to “close the gap” between projected and needed funding for construction over the coming year.

“We are powerfully blessed by Mr. Overby’s generosity in coming to our community to inspire and entertain us,” said Millard Fuller, founder and president of America’s most important nonprofit housing ministry. “We are grateful for the strong community support for the concert our employees have organized,” Fuller said. “We warmly invite everyone in Southwest Georgia to come out Friday night for a joyous evening of music and song.”

Many talented members of local congregations will perform at 7:30 p.m Friday night, as well, including Roy and Mary V. Cox, Myra Hardy and the Rev. Don and Judy Fogal from Lee Street United Methodist Church; Paul and Ben Mills from River Bend Ministries; Marcia Carter from Household of Faith Ministries; the Interpretational Praise Team and the Rev. James Blanks from United Holiness Church. All proceeds from the concert, held in the Fine Arts Center of Georgia Southwestern State University, will go toward funding Habitat house construction in Sumter County and around the world.

“After years of investment and hard work, we now have in place a worldwide ministry capable of building many more homes than we have the money to construct,” Fuller said. “We can mobilize the people and resources to build as many as 20,000 houses in the coming year. But our projected revenue budget for next year can support slightly less than 17,000 houses.”

Jonathan Overby is a lyric baritone known for his powerful rendition of the National Anthem, which he performs throughout the United States. His production honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is the nation’s oldest state celebration of Dr. King’s life. Overby hosts Wisconsin Public Radio’s program “Higher Ground,” a mix of entertainment and education. Overby guides listeners and the studio audience through discussions that examine a variety of topics with a goal of moving them from obscurity to clarity. (Further information is available at www.wpr.org and www.africasong.org )

Dedicated to eliminating poverty housing, Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry founded by Millard Fuller along with his wife, Linda. HFHI and its 1,916 affiliates in 67 nations have built and sold more than 85,000 homes to partner families at no profit with zero-interest mortgages.