Almost 100 men joined their voices Saturday evening to perform a concert themed after Michael Anthony's song, If I Can Help Somebody. And in the process, those men helped earthquake victims in Haiti.
"If you remember, we did the 100 men walk for Dr. King's day. And after that, we had a sharing about relief efforts in Haiti, and then the brothers just started singing some songs," Springfield Baptist Pastor Fred Favors said. "And I just indicated to them that we should just get a choir together out of all this and do a concert for Haiti."
The men came from McDuffie, Lincoln, Warren and Jefferson counties and formed the gospel choir, read scripture and lead a devotion. Men from the area also made up the live band, which featured guitars, percussion instruments, keyboard and horns. Dr. Michael Lewis, Dominique Finch and Brandon Lynn all served as directors, Rev. Favors said.
Held in the Thomson High School auditorium, the concert featured seven songs with soloists. A concert and presentation by the Wardlow Brothers from Vidalia, Ga., followed the gospel concert.
In all, the concert raised $5,000 for victims in Haiti, Rev. Favors said.
The 100 men are already making plans to get together again -- to sing again as a choir and for other events.
"We will have considerable other things. We will be calling men together just to pray for the guidance of God on our community. ... to have peace in our schools and communities and not to have gangs," the Rev. Favors said.
"So, we are going to be more involved in things of that nature."