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Gospel artists build, host benefit concerts for Habitat for Humanity

Gospel artists build, host benefit concerts for Habitat for Humanity

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., March 3, 2004 – Sounds of smooth, urban music will blend with hammers pounding nails as more than 100 college students join gospel music artists Papa San, The Kenoly Brothers and The Righteous Riders to build Habitat for Humanity homes in Tallahassee. The groups will also perform free concerts in Tallahassee and Fort Walton Beach. The Kenoly Brothers and The Righteous Riders will also headline an additional concert in Tampa. A collection taken up from fans will benefit Habitat homebuilding.

Performing recent hits from their Stellar Award-nominated album, “No Distance,” The Kenoly Brothers will showcase their slick R&B sound. Stellar Award and Gospel Music Workshop of America Award winner and Dove Award nominee Papa San has been an international singing star since 1990 with albums such as “Style & Fashion” and “God & I.” He will highlight his reggae-gospel blended sound.

The Righteous Riders, who have been nominated for the Stellar Award and Gospel Music Workshop of America Award, will give audiences a taste of their R&B/hip-hop, mixed with a jazz sound that also carries a meaningful message. The Righteous Riders are also spokespeople for BET’s HIV Teen Awareness.

The concerts are scheduled for:
Fort Walton Beach:
7:30 p.m. CST, March 10, Striving for Perfection Ministries, 24 Bass Ave. SW
7:30 p.m. EST, March 11, University Ministries, 2640 Old Bainbridge Rd.
8 p.m. EST, March 13, The Isaac Center, 610 North St.

“Partnering with Habitat is a chance for the guys to give back to the community,” said Rev. Veryl Howard, president of Faith Management Inc., which represents the gospel artists. “They are looking forward to a wonderful experience of using their talents in performing and working side-by-side with their fans to help families who need a place to call home.”

The artists will participate in construction taking place on two homes in Tallahassee March 9 and 11 in an older neighborhood that is being revitalized and will eventually house 11 Habitat families. For future Habitat homeowner Bridget King, the Habitat volunteers are helping provide her with a long-awaited homecoming. Bridget grew up in the neighborhood and moved away to pursue her education at a community college. After graduation, Bridget found work at a local hospital but was unable to find decent housing. After her son’s birth, Bridget decided she had to find a stable, healthy home where she could raise Frankie.

More than 150 students from Michigan State University, Susquehanna University, Truman State University, College of Holy Cross, College of Saint Scholastica, Wheaton College and Arcadia University are participating in the build.

The build is part of Habitat’s Collegiate Challenge Spring Break, when 11,000 college and high school students volunteer at construction sites across the country during their vacation. Throughout its 16-year history, Collegiate Challenge has sent more than 90,000 students to build Habitat houses. During this time, students have raised more than $7 million through the program to help pay for construction. This year alone, Collegiate Challenge students will contribute $1 million to help build 450 houses.

Habitat for Humanity International is a Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Founded by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates in more than 3,000 communities in 92 nations have built and sold more than 150,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.