Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

Church

April 30, 2012

Westport Baptist strikes "Gold"

Popular gospel band coming May 4

Greensburg — Westport Baptist church will host their Third Annual Gold City Southern Gospel Quartet Concert at 7 p.m. May 4 at the church.

According to event organizer Bryan McCullough, to cover the cost of hosting Gold City the church needs to sell between 300 and 400 tickets. Tickets cost $12 for adults and $6 for children, ages 6 to 12; children 5 and under are free.

A pre-concert dinner will be held at the church's Outreach Center, starting at 4:30 p.m., McCullough said. The dinner will last until about 6:30 p.m. and includes pork loin and turkey, green beans, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, dessert, and drinks.

The charge for the dinner is a free-will donation.

McCullough described Gold City as one of the top 5 Southern Gospel Quartets in the U.S.

"We're extremely privileged to host them," he said. "They've been together since the 1980s and regularly tour all 50 states and Canada; they're regulars aboard Caribbean cruises, too."

He continued, "My grandpa was in a quartet, and Gold City was always one of his favorite groups. We talked about bringing them here, but I didn't think they'd actually come. Then I contacted their manager in 2010 and was thrilled when they agreed to perform here."

McCullough added that the group has actually sang at the church four times, including a spur-of-the-moment, two-day-advance-notice performance given in July 2011.

"Even for their last-minute performance, we had a packed house," McCullough said. "We always have a lot of attendees."

He confessed, however, that tickets sales for this year's concert have been a little slow compared to the first two years.

"At this point in past years," he said, "we've already sold between 150 and 200 tickets. Right now, we've sold just over 100."

Regardless, McCullough remains optimistic this year's concert will be just as popular and successful as previous years.

"We usually clear around $1000 for this event," he said, adding, "Our dinner before the concert helps push us over the top."

He added that all proceeds from the performance go directly to the church's building fund, which, at the moment, stands at approximately $240,000.

"Our goal is $300,000," McCullough said. "We're trying to add an elevator to our church and handicap accessible bathrooms upstairs. Our current bathrooms in the basement present a hardship for some of our older members."

For more information on Gold City, visit goldcityqt.com.

To purchase tickets for the May 4 Gold City concert at Westport Baptist Church, call 512-591-3824.

Contact: Rob Cox at 812-663-3111 x7011

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