Third Gospel Extravaganza coming to high school

The third annual Gospel Extravaganza, a fundraiser for the Louisa Community Emergency Fund, will light up the Alan Jackson Theatre at Louisa County High School on Sept. 14.

This is one of three major events the fund organizes each year to raise money to help county residents with the basic needs of living during crisis situations. The fund is partnering with Our Brother’s Keeper, a mentorship program based at the high school, to put on the show.

Performers at this year’s event, which runs from 3 to 6 p.m., will include The Shelton Brothers; Ann Quarles; Jamori Harris and his Amplified Youth Ministry group; Camden Harper; Byrd Grove Baptist choir and Thomas Mason. The latter has performed around the country, including at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

During the intermission, Our Brother’s Keeper will sell dinners and refreshments to benefit their work.

The emergency fund was founded in 2014 by members of Louisa Faith in ACTION. The fund maximizes resources to help citizens in crisis by combining funds from several churches, grants and individual donors. Examples of crises could include a sudden illness or a lost job that could lead to difficulty paying rent or utility bills. The fund is managed through Monticello Area Community Action Agency.

Since 2015 the fund has helped nearly 300 families with $66,000 in financial aid. The fund’s expenses constitute three percent of its total income, according to Lin Kogle, board chairperson.

Through a partnership with Virginia Extension Service, the fund also provides a brief budgeting class to clients, if appropriate. 

“We feel it’s important for our clients to understand their finances,” Kogle said. “If we can help them learn about money management and making good choices, it could make a positive impact on their future.”

Event tickets are $10 for adults and free for children 12 and under. Contact Lin Kogle at (540) 894-0239 or Thomas Johnson at (540) 894-7644 for more information or to purchase tickets. To make a donation, mail checks to LCEF, PO Box 295, Louisa, VA 23093 or make an online donation on their website at http://louisacommunityemergencyfund.org.