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EVS to host Benefit Concert Saturday

Lee University’s Evangelistic Singers (EVS) will partner with Building on Abilities to host a benefit concert on Saturday, Feb. 4 from 4-6 p.m. in Pangle Hall.

Building on Abilities is a local non-profit that partners with two families to help raise awareness and funds for their children’s conditions. In previous years, the event highlighted Eliana Hoagland, daughter of Lee alumna Amy Hoagland, who was born with Spinal Cerebellar Ataxia, which shrinks the cerebellum in the brain over time, affecting her speech, balance, and her process of learning.

This year the event will focus on Love4Levi. Five year-old Levi Smith was diagnosed in May 2013 with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a genetic disorder characterized by progressive muscle degeneration and weakness typically found in males. The Smith family was told their son would be in a wheelchair by age 5, but due to a clinical trial, Levi is still able to walk without assistance.

The goal of the event is to raise money for the Smith family to care for Levi and to help equip him with technology to assist him in learning, one of his passions.

The benefit concert will offer a worship experience and an opportunity to hear more about the resources they are raising funds for.

Evangelistic Singers (EVS), directed by Gloria Scott-Richmond, seek God through the art of worship within the genres of spirituals and both traditional and contemporary gospel music. In addition to the southeastern United States, this auditioned choir of approximately 50 students has performed throughout Bermuda and the Caribbean.

"It is with much joy that we join our voices, loving hearts, and helping hands to support such a good cause,” said Scott-Richmond. “It will be a great afternoon with great music!”

The concert is free and open to the public.

For more information about the concert, contact the School of Music at 423-614-8240 or by email at music@leeuniversity.edu.

For more information or to make a donation, visit Building on Abilities or follow the Facebook page.
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