If you would like to hear some great gospel singing and help educate local students at the same time, then Warren County High School is the place to be Saturday.
The Business Roundtable Action Committee, through the McMinnville-Warren County Chamber of Commerce, will be holding the fourth annual Bud Godwin Gospel Singing Concert at the high school auditorium from 4 to 6 p.m.
The concert honors the memory of Warren County native Bud Godwin, who was well known in Middle Tennessee for his love of gospel music and his promotion of the genre through radio broadcasts.
This year’s event promises to provide top-tier entertainment with local group The Pelhams opening for The Blackwood Brothers Quartet, one of the best known names in gospel music for 75 years.
Tickets are $12 and are available at the Chamber of Commerce or at the door. In addition to some great gospel music, there will be five different coupons available at the door for each ticket holder and each coupon will offer at least a $2 discount on food or services. Each ticket holder can take one each, or any combination of five coupons, while they last.
The Blackwood Brothers have recorded over 200 albums and toured in 47 countries. They have won eight Grammy Awards and six Dove Awards. The group was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in Nashville in 1998.
According to organizers, the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit equally the Chamber of Commerce and the Citizens for Progress scholarship fund. There will also be a love offering taken during the concert that will go 100 percent to the scholarship fund.
The Citizens for Progress scholarship offers local graduating seniors a two-year, tuition-free option to continue their higher education locally if they qualify. Students must meet certain minimum GPA and ACT scores, as well as receive at least $200 of external scholarship aid.
CFP has provided over $150,000 in local scholarships for students to attend Motlow at the McMinnville campus and the Tennessee Technology Center.
BRAC member Todd Herzog says students who have benefited from CFP scholarship funds will be on hand to act as ushers, take collections, and speak on stage about what the CFP has meant to them.
“This is a program that is important to Warren County,” said Herzog. “It’s important to our kids. I can’t see a higher priority than higher education for our youth.”
The CFP has benefited a total of 150 students in Warren County, 135 for Motlow, and 15 for the Technology Center over the last five years.