By Dani Palmer
The Herald Bulletin
ANDERSON, Ind. — “Great music, great food, great fellowship” for a great cause. That’s how Anderson resident Marilyn Alexander described the inaugural Speedway Gospel Fest on Sunday.
Held at the Anderson Speedway, the Gospel Fest was an evening of barbecue provided by The Pittt and music provided by 13 gospel acts from central Indiana intended to provide family entertainment and a chance at raising money for the Gospel Highlight Radio Broadcast 31st annual community Thanksgiving Day dinner.
Last year, volunteers from area churches and businesses worked together to serve and deliver about 1,200 meals, co-founder and chairman James Warner said.
Naomi Abrom, of Anderson, said the city needs people to give “from the heart” and that the Thanksgiving Day event helps address a need in Anderson.
She added that the Gospel Fest was a “beautiful” event for supporting it.
“We’re supposed to give back,” she said.
Abrom noted that the Gospel Fest also provided a fun evening outside for the family.
Terry Crites, one of the co-hosts for Sunday’s event, said they’d seen at least 100 attendees by 7 p.m. with more still stopping by.
Each of the acts donated their time while The Pittt donated the barbecued food. The music and food were free of charge to attendees, but any donations received will go to the Thanksgiving Day dinner.
Crites said they didn’t know how much they’d brought in as of Sunday evening, but that they had reached their goal.
Gospel Highlight Radio Broadcast used to bring in acts for the Anderson Lions Family Festival, but with no Lions Club festival this year, decided to team with Anderson Speedway for the inaugural event.
Crites said Anderson Speedway President Rick Dawson wanted to help the gospel festival continue.
A performer himself, Crites is often with Warner, a radio broadcaster who was broadcasting the festival from 98.7 WQME Sunday.
“The fellowship is so wonderful,” he said, “but we (the performers) know we’re helping make a difference in supporting the Thanksgiving Day dinner.”
The fundraiser was one of multiple events that will be held to raise money for Thanksgiving Day dinner.
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