On Monday afternoon, September 7 at 2:00 p.m. a joyful sound will be raised to the Lord as the 12 finalists of the Branson Christian Action Ministries’ (CAM) Gospel Sing-Off compete for prizes from a $5,000 prize purse at the Sight and Sound Theatre in Branson. The joyfulness will be two fold, the singing and the occasion, a benefit for CAM’s food pantry.
CAM Executive Director, Joan Westfall pointed out that the CAM Gospel Sing-Off is one of the major fund raisers for the CAM Food Pantry which helped 11,686 people last year. Of those, over 4,000 were children. In a recent interview Westfall pointed out that the need for CAM’s services are growing at a record pace this year.
She pointed out that all the money raised through the benefit will go directly to the CAM Food Pantry. She said that is possible because of all the volunteer work that has gone into the event, Sight and Sound Theatre has donated the theatre for the event and the $5,000 cash prize purse was donated by the Branson Tourism Center.
In sponsoring the $5,000 prize purse, Lianne Milton, co-owner of Branson Tourism Center (BTC) said, “CAM’s work and its Food Pantry directly impacts on the lives of thousands of people, a lot of them children, within our local community.” Lianne explained that Branson Tourism Center’s sponsorship of the prize purse for this major CAM fund raising effort is intended to support that work and is part of BTC’s ongoing commitment and involvement with its community.
The 12 finalists and one alternate were selected by a committee headed by veteran Branson show producer, Joe Sullivan, based on audio, video and other material submitted by the prospective contestants. The event will be emceed by Bob Hubbard, formerly with the Foggy River Boys and the Jordanaires. The judges deciding who will win the first place prize of $2,500, second place prize of $1,500 and third place prize of $1,000 will be Lee Loughnane, founding member of the legendary rock group Chicago, Ben Dutton of Branson’s Dutton Family and Mark Wright, Director of Benevolence for the James River Assembly in Ozark.
Tickets are $10.00 and may be purchased at the Sight and Sound Theatre box office or call 1-800-377-1277.