William Stevens, founder of Stevens Ministries and the gospel group Jubilant Nation pulled together several of his friends for a night of song for the ScholarCHIPS Black Tie/Red Carpet Gala fundraiser.
The event was held at Cathedral of Christ Baptist Church this past weekend in Capitol Heights, MD.
When a parent or both parent become incarcerated it can have a devastating effect on the family, both emotionally and financially.ScholarCHIPS is a non-profit dedicated to raising college scholarship dollars for the children of incarcerated parents.
While in high school, Executive Director Yasmine Arrington founded ScholarCHIPS as a result of participating in LearnServe International. Arrington, a student at Elon University attended the event and served as one of its host. It was a night filled with some of the most talented artists in the Washington, D.C. area.
Those who gave of their time included The Cathedral of Christ Praise Team, ToluMiDe, Michael Woolard & FLOW, Nicois, Kendall King, Kimise Lee, Donald Simms, Renair Montgomery & Company, James Lanier, Angela Donadio, Jimmy Russell & BOC, Dennis Garland & TFC, Artavia B., Darnell Moore & Co., Theresa Pinkney, Divine Anointing Choir, Robert E. Person, Posse 4 Christ, Rob Mercer, TEAM GUCCI, Tia Singleton, Ryan Vincent Ford & Ministry, Marvin Myer McCoy, Mike Paige & Living Water, Reggie Paige & Fulfilled and BHITE.
Sing to the King Television’s Ginger on Sax and her husband Martin Cornwell were on hand and conducted red carpet interviews. Brother Reggie of Rejoice America Radio stopped in and encouraged artists to submit their music to his station for radio play. CJBRadio.com’s Program Director Kevin James and Station Owner Simone Henry broadcast live from the event.
There were so many great performances, it is impossible to name them all. Kimise Lee showed everyone why she is an artist to watch. Angela Donadio gave a touching rendition of “His Eye Is On The Sparrow.” Donald Simms modeled that worship is all about Jesus. His microphone went out mid-way through his song, but he kept on worshipping. It was pure unadulterated worship at its best as he discarded the microphone, loosened his tie and carried on! At the end he came back for a reprise because of the audience response.
Perhaps Kevin James summed it up best when he said, “There are so many talented artists in here tonight.” ECMA founder Henry Harris was in attendance and echoed the same sentiments. Bravo to William Stevens for bringing together so many phenomenal artists in one room! It was great to see the camaraderie and unselfish desire to operate in ministry to others.
To support ScholarCHIPS visit their website.