Third Day Members 'Come Together' To Benefit Habitat for Humanity
AMERICUS, Ga., Sept. 16, 2002 - Third Day, the three-time Grammy nominee and two-time "Group of the Year" (Gospel Music Association Dove Award), is kicking off the second leg of its nationwide "Come Together" tour that benefits Habitat for Humanity International. Third Day will perform at an additional 25 venues as a part of its "Come Together" tour that has attracted sold-out audiences and pushed its fifth major album of the same name to become the group's best-selling release to date.
"We wholeheartedly believe in the mission of Habitat for Humanity to eliminate poverty housing around the world," said Tai Anderson of Third Day. "We hope to use this platform to challenge God's people to extend the unity of worship experienced at our concerts to a unity of worship expressed through service to the world around us."
Third Day's fall "Come Together" tour is part of the band's commitment to donate $1 from each ticket sale to Habitat for Humanity International. During Third Day's 53-city spring tour, the band sold out 30 venues and performed in front of 225,000 fans, which raised more than $165,000 dollars toward building eight Habitat houses in the United States and abroad. Donated proceeds from each concert will help to build houses in Nashville, Tenn., Atlanta, West Palm Beach, Fla., Indonesia, Guatemala, South Africa, Nepal and Thailand.
Since its first major album debut in 1996, Third Day has earned 18 No. 1 radio singles, three Grammy nominations and 16 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, including Group of the Year and Artist of the Year. The band's "Come Together" album already has sold more than 300,000 units and is on the brink of earning the second consecutive RIAA Gold certification, making "Come Together" the band's third gold certification.
"We are so grateful for the generosity and commitment of Third Day to help end poverty housing," said Millard Fuller, founder and president of Habitat for Humanity International. "Third Day has not only helped us build more houses thanks to their donation, but they have also brought Christ's love in action and activated servanthood to their many fans across the United States."
For more information about Habitat for Humanity International, log on to our web site at www.habitat.org . Digital photos of the event can be e-mailed to you upon request. Third Day's tour itinerary can be found at www.thirdday.com .
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical 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 83 nations have built and sold more than 125,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.