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HOPE to present gospel SongFest concert at LHS

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By Jesef Williams

You don't have to bring any money to get inside a highly anticipated music concert this weekend.

All you need is a bag of flour, sugar or cornmeal.

The first-ever Gospel SongFest, sponsored by HOPE (Helping Other People Effectively) of Lancaster, will be Saturday at the Lancaster High School auditorium.

The concert is from 4 to 7 p.m. and will feature the local acts King's Cause, Julian Saverance, Roger Anders and the Mount Zion AME Zion Church gospel choir.

Admission is a bag of flour, sugar or cornmeal, though monetary donations will be accepted.

HOPE executive director Elaine Adkins said the nonprofit assistance agency, which runs a food bank, is holding the event to collect food items. HOPE has been running low on food supplies this year.

"We've got to stock shelves," she said. "We want to increase awareness of HOPE and the need in the community."

Adkins said the wide array of acts should draw a good crowd. She believes as many as 600 people may show up.

"I want a full auditorium," she said.

Macy Mullis, a HOPE volunteer, has seen Julian Saverance and King's Cause perform in the past. If the rest of the performers are like those two, people on Saturday should be in for a treat, she said.

"They're very talented," Mullis said.

HOPE is fortunate that these performers are volunteering their time and efforts for the concert, Adkins said. Depending on how the event turns out, organizers may stage more concerts in the future.

"We're going to have such a diversity in music," Adkins said. "This will be a great gift for the community, where people will be able to enjoy some good entertainment."

Contact reporter Jesef Williams at jwilliams@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1152