Support the gospel expo

The Daily Citizen
Monday, June 2, 2014

Gospel music does the soul good.

Big Brothers Big Sisters does the community good.

Put the two together and you have an event for the entire family that can put a smile on your face and on the face of a young boy or young girl in the Dalton area.

The Eldora Davis Gospel Expo 2014 is Saturday at Dalton Green starting at 11 a.m. Admission will be free, but the event will be a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Georgia Mountains, which pairs up children in Whitfield and Murray counties with adult mentors, so organizers will be soliciting donations to that organization.

“We are asking people to give what they can. For some people, that might be $5. For some others, it might be $100,” said Jennifer Austin, a granddaughter of Davis.

Davis was a Dalton woman who spent her life trying to break down the barriers that separated people in the Dalton area and to bring them together in love and harmony. Organizers hope the gospel expo will become an annual event that will benefit a different community organization each year.

Right now, they are looking for gospel acts from across the community. They want to get groups and singers and musicians from as many churches as they can.

“We are all usually in our own churches on Sunday,” said Bishop Stephen Thomas, pastor of Dalton’s Community Fellowship Church and a godson of Davis. “This will give everyone a chance to see and hear what this community has to offer.” They also want to get as many vendors as they can to provide food for the gathering.

There’s a $25 fee for vendors, but there’s no cost to sign up to perform.

Organizers would like to have all of their acts and vendors signed up by Wednesday. Those who are interested in taking part should call (706) 278-0702. For more information on the Eldora Davis Gospel Expo 2014, go to

So if you are interested in performing, give them a call. And if you don’t have any other plans of Saturday, stop by Dalton Green. You are sure to have a good time, and you’ll have a chance to support a worthy cause.

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