Interracial Gospel Choir from New Orleans to Perform Benefit

November 1, 2005

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – “Shades of Praise,” an interracial gospel choir from New Orleans, will perform a benefit concert at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center on Friday Nov. 11 at 3:30 p.m. in Davis Memorial Chapel. The performance is free and open to the public.

“Nearly half of the choir members lost all of their material possessions as a result of hurricane Katrina and its aftermath,” said Richard P. McQuellon, Ph.D., associate professor of internal medicine and director of psychosocial oncology and cancer patient support programs at the Comprehensive Cancer Center of Wake Forest University. “While the concert is free, we ask that those who attend make a donation to help choir members rebuild their lives.”

The choir’s fundraising tour also includes performances at Wake Forest University’s Reynolda Campus at 11:30 a.m., Friday Nov. 11, and at our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, 1730 Link Rd., at 7:30 p.m., Saturday Nov. 12.

For more information, contact McQuellon at (336) 716-7980.


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Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center is an academic health system comprised of North Carolina Baptist Hospital and Wake Forest University Health Sciences, which operates the university’s School of Medicine. The system comprises 1,187 acute care, psychiatric, rehabilitation and long-term care beds and is consistently ranked as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report.

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