Gospel Extravaganza on Saturday will help support 3 charities


MANNING --The coffers of three local charities will be a little bit deeper after Saturday's Gospel Extravaganza, which will be held beginning at 5 p.m. at Weldon Auditorium, 7 Maple St., Manning.

Almost two dozen local gospel acts have donated their time and talents to helping Clarendon County Sheriff's Deputy First Class Annett Smith raise money for Camp Happy Days, the Clarendon County Cancer Support Group and Craig Q. King's Celebration of Life Gala. The musical talent includes Cindy Ward from Sumter, Christina Stout, Craig Varn of Manning, Ernest Pearson & The Singing Disciples, 2nd Chance from Dillon, Generation for Christ, Brianna Harvin, Kamon Singleton, Tramaine Hopkins and more. Clarendon County Sheriff's Deputy First Class Barney Dozier will present a program of Praise and Workship. The host of the event will be T. GeRome Tindal.

Smith has been helping local charities since she founded the Gospel Extravaganza five years ago.

"I am truly blessed," Smith said Thursday. "I have a big heart, and I want to help others who really need a helping hand. It's all about giving back. People don't really understand how much satisfaction you get from helping others."

Smith said no donation is too small.

"I try to recognize everyone who contributes to the event," she added. "From donations of a dollar to those who donate hundreds of dollars, each gift is special and comes from the heart."

The employees of the Clarendon County Sheriff's Office are huge contributors to the event, Smith added.

"They give their time, money and help sell tickets," she said. "I'm blessed to be able to do this for our community and those who need a helping hand."

Tickets for the Gospel Extravaganza are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Doors open at 4 p.m., and the singing will start at 5 p.m. on the dot.

"We have some wonderful entertainment from all over South Carolina," Smith added. "The event will lift up your heart knowing that the money you spend will go to help those in need."