By Cora Jackson-FossettSentinel Religion Editor
The first-ever San Gabriel Valley Gospel Expo will highlight local choirs, national talent, thriving businesses, and non-profit services based throughout the southland region.
The event, sponsored by Athens Services, is set for Sunday, March 27, 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at Clifton Middle School Auditorium & Courtyard, 226 South Ivy Avenue in Monrovia. Among the features are an international food court, a drum line competition, and a gospel concert. Also, many free services will be available including haircuts, manicures, and body-fat screenings.
"This exposition was created by the Life Changers Foundation and several community organizations to provide a positive and meaningful experience for our community. We hope it becomes a signature event for this area because there is presently no big signature event that connects African Americans in the San Gabriel Valley," said Monrovia Councilman Clarence Shaw.
"It is also a charity event, saturated with benefits for the general public, and all proceeds will go to the American Diabetes Association and local youth organizations."
More than 40 vendors will be on hand and a Gospel Concert will take place at 3:30 p.m., with radio personality Quaford Coleman as the M.C. Scheduled to participate are Dr. Rodena Preston and the Gospel Music Workshop of America - L.A. Chapter, Metropolitan Baptist Church Choir of Altadena, Monrovia Duarte Community Choir, Prophetic Mime Dancers, Men of Valor, Reborn and Delores Cooper. Artist Lillian Crawford, who has recorded with Diana Ross and other singers, will also perform.
The program will include the presentation of the first Life Changers Achievement Award to Robert "Bob" Bartlett, the first African American Councilman and Mayor of Monrovia, said Shaw.
"Bob will be honored for his decades of public service as a national, state and regional leader. He is a visionary who really turned Monrovia around in the 1970s and 80s. His hard work, dedication and devotion to community development, transportation and economic growth led to the overall improvement of the quality of life for millions."
For more information about the Gospel Expo, visit www.sgvgospel.com.