Thursday, August 23, 2012

Legendary Artists Gladys Knight and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly Set To Headline Benefit Concert

Faithful Central Bible Church & Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles
join forces to build homes in Los Angeles and South Africa

Benefit Concert honoring Dr. & Mrs. Kenneth C. Ulmer to build homes in Los Angeles and South Africa

August 21, 2012… Faithful Central Bible Church announced today the next evolution in its partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles—a benefit concert with legendary artists Gladys Knight and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly on Friday, October 19, 2012 at the Hyatt Century Plaza Hotel. 
  Launched in the spring of 2012, Celebrate Home & HealthTM is a new initiative between Faithful Central and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA) to promote and develop healthy homes and healthy families within communities, locally and around the world. As a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, their mission is to provide the leadership, expertise and resources that enable under-served communities to reach and maintain their optimal level of health and well-being and to empower them to obtain sustainable and affordable housing. Based in Inglewood, California but with a global reach, Celebrate Home & HealthTM combines education and coalition building to advance environmental and economic empowerment within our community.  With the help of our corporate and civic partners and thousands of caring individuals throughout the Greater Los Angeles area, we plan to build or entirely renovate homes within the local community as well as provide much-needed home exterior repairs (paint, landscaping, roof, etc.) through HFH GLA’s A Brush with Kindness’ program. In addition, through HFH GLA’s global network, we plan to build and renovate in economically challenged regions of South Africa. 
“We are thrilled to expand our relationship with Habitat for Humanity, building homes in two places close to my heart, here locally in Los Angeles and in South Africa”, commented Dr. Kenneth C. Ulmer, Faithful Central’s senior pastor-teacher. “We have a steadfast commitment here at Faithful Central to impact our community and this tremendous partnership keenly reflects our dedication to this mission.  I’m looking forward to an evening of great music. It’s truly an extraordinary event for an extraordinary cause.”  
President & CEO of Habitat of Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, Erin Rank echoed Ulmer’s sentiments; “The success of an organization is due in large part to having continuous, visionary leadership. It is with pride that we partner with FCBC in the celebration of the inspired leadership of Bishop and First Lady Ulmer who have walked hand-in-hand with love and faith for over three decades, carrying out God’s plan for Inglewood and the world at large.  Like FCBC, Habitat for Humanity walks in faith to provide decent shelter to all God’s people in need.”
Kicking off this exceptional evening of entertainment is legendary Grammy award-winning artist Gladys Knight.  Known as the “Empress of Soul,” Knight brings her incomparable talent to the stage singing the hits we all know and love: "Midnight Train to Georgia,” “I Heard it Through the Grapevine”, “Neither One of Us,” among countless others.  Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, Knight is also the recipient of eight Grammy awards, solidifying her place in music history.     
Maze featuring Frankie Beverly first captured the admiration of audiences everywhere when the group debuted as the opening act for Marvin Gaye in 1971.  Since then, they have released a string of hits and have performed to sold-out arenas across the globe.  Their string of classic hits include "Happy Feelin's", "Joy and Pain,” “Before I Let Go,” "We are One,” and many others.   
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit our website at  Contact Jo-An Turman at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles or Sonya Ede at SYE Publicity for additional information. 
About Faithful Central Bible Church
For more than two decades, Faithful Central has been on the cutting edge of community service. Faithful Central’s mission is to provide training and services to empower families, the building block of our community. We assist those in need by: Dispensing emergency food; Giving healthcare referrals; Providing employment readiness training; Administering short-term case management; and providing transportation services.  In view of our ongoing vision to impact our community, locally and globally, we do all we can to touch the lives of those around us.

About Habitat For Humanity of Greater Los Angeles
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA) strives to eliminate substandard housing through advocacy, education and partnership with families and individuals in need to build decent, sustainable and affordable housing. Since 1990, HFH GLA has built and renovated more than 700 homes locally and worldwide, transforming the lives of hundreds of individuals. HFH GLA is a GuideStar® Valued Partner and has achieved the coveted Charity Navigator 4-Star rating awarded to nonprofits for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. For more information, please visit or call 310-323-4663. Visit our blog at
Date & Time:
Friday, October 19, 2012 | 7:15 p.m. (doors open 6:45 p.m.)
Location: Hyatt Century Plaza Hotel
2025 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Ticket Prices: general admission starts at $75; reserved seating starts at $150

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