By BVN Staff –
The Samaritan’s Feet Shoes of Hope Gospel Fest was an overwhelming success last Saturday at the Fox Theatre in Riverside. Choirs from as far as Los Angeles sang God’s glory and shoes were collected to go towards the next opportunity to minister, wash feet, and give away the shoes.
Manny Ohonme, who founded the international organization, to give shoes to children across the world, was pleased with the efforts of the west coast team lead by Alton Green. He is looking at how he can increase awareness that 300,000,000 go without shoes everyday and 1,000,000 die each year from foot-borne diseases.
The concert featured gospel singer Beverly Crawford, the Starlights, and Voices of Destiny, this year’s Verizon Wireless How Sweet the Sound award winner.
Masters of ceremonies were Dr. Susie Jones, senior pastor of Yahweh’s House of Prayer and the Prince of Clean Comedy Cizzle C. Choir competition featured, Ecclesia Christian Fellowship, Kansas Avenue Youth Choir, LA Inner City Mass Choir, and Friendship Christian Fellowship Mass Choir. Winners of the preaudition competition were, Don Floss & Street Gospel, rappers and Female and male artist, Arie Howard and Tommy French.
The judges were, Bishop LeRoi Lacy, Bishop Kenneth Wells, Gentry McCreary, Sr. , Sylvia Cotton and Natasha Ferguson, they selected the LA Inner City Mass Choir for the top spot and although all of the choirs were outstanding, they blew out the theatre.
Shoes of Hope honorees were Lindsay Hughes, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California Community Grants Board Member and Dr. Maya Angelou, poet, novelist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker and civil rights activist, and Samaritan’s Feet Ambassador. Dr. Angelou’s award was accepted by Cheryl Brown, Co- Publisher of Black Voice News and candidate for the new 47th Assembly District.