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Davis benefit is tonight

First Works Church is planning a concert to support Lamar County senior soccer player and honor graduate Taylor Davis who is undergoing treatment for leukemia. It will be held Friday, June 8, at 7 p.m. at First Works Church on Old Milner Road. The doors will open at 6:15 p.m. and Davis’ fellow soccer players will help collect donations at the door. ’I grew up with Taylor and played soccer with him,’ said First Works youth pastor Jacob English. His parents Michael and Renee English challenged him to do something for his longtime friend and the idea for the concert was born. ’This benefit concert is big enough to pull together not only our community but surrounding communities,’ English said. ‘Everything people do, whether it’s $1 or $1,000, makes a difference in Taylor’s life.’ The concert features Noah Cleveland, originally of Thomaston, who is performing free of charge. Cleveland is an up-andcoming Christian singer/songwriter who in 2008 released his debut album titled Be Loud. Cleveland recently released an exclusive preview CD, Come Alive. Also on the bill are national recording artist John Waller, whose music was featured in the movie Fireproof; the DoorHolders, a praise and worship band from Macon; and the First Works Church Band, which includes English, a veteran of the English Family gospel group. ’Music is a good thing for a gathering,’ said worship pastor Chris Gray. ‘People will come to support Taylor but it’ll be fun and uplifting. The theme of the concert is Life because we live in faith every day.’ Green rubber wristbands that read ‘Life,’ and can be kept afterward will get concert-goers in and out the door. The suggested donation is $10, but English said any amount will get an attendee in. ’We’re not going to turn anyone away,’ he said. ‘We want them to come. They could be a part of the miracle God wants to work in Taylor’s life.’ English and Gray are still seeking sponsors to help offset the costs of this weekend’s concert as well as plenty of volunteers to help manage it. Each sponsor of $100 or more will be posted on the big screen in the sanctuary. Sponsorships will cover the costs of the event to ensure all the proceeds can be donated to the Taylor Davis Fund. For information call English at 678-572-0388 or Gray at 770-519-7724 or visit ’We’re open to anyone who wants to help,’ said English. ’They can just contact us.’

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