Sandi and Friends: A Benefit Celebrating Character

Sun, 2008-10-05 15:14 -- univcomm
October 5, 2008

Gospel music legend Sandi Patty and special guest Patrick Henry Hughes, recently featured on ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” will perform with other artists during “Sandi and Friends: A Benefit Celebrating Character” on Sunday, October 19 at 7 p.m. in Reardon Auditorium. Also featured during concert will be comedian Anita Renfroe of the YouTube phenomenon “Mom Sense,” renowned Christian recording artist Nicole C. Mullen and popular speaker/author Patsy Clairmont. All proceeds from the concert will benefit the Center for Character Development at Anderson University.

Recently featured on “Extreme Makeover Home Edition,” Patrick Henry Hughes was born without eyes and without the ability to fully straighten his arms and legs, making him unable to walk. Additionally, two steel rods were surgically attached to Patrick's spine to correct scoliosis. Despite these circumstances, Patrick has overcome these physical issues to excel as a musician and student. He started playing the piano at the age of only nine months, and also plays the trumpet and sings. He has been featured on ESPN, ABC-TV, Oprah, CBS-TV, The Ellen Show, FOX-TV, CSTV, People Magazine, and Sports Illustrated. Patrick has made appearances across the country and has performed in South America and Europe.

Honored with 39 Dove Awards, five Grammy Awards, three Platinum and five Gold recordings, Sandi Patty is the most-awarded female vocalist in contemporary Christian music history. She has appeared on "The Tonight Show," "Entertainment Tonight," "A Capitol Fourth with the National Symphony," and ABC's 2002 "In Search For America: A July 4th Musical Celebration," among other programs. In addition, Patty has been a familiar voice in such settings as three United States Presidential Inaugural Gala events, the rededication of the Statue of Liberty and Billy Graham Crusades in the United States and Argentina.

It's been a wild decade going from "stay-at-home-mom" to "YouTube comedic Phe-mom-enon" but Anita Renfroe doesn't mind. With her unique brand of estrogen flavored musical comedy and blend of sass, edge and slightly offbeat takes on All Things Female, audiences at her comedy concert tours, viewers of Good Morning America appearances and the YouTube masses who enjoyed her William Tell version of everything a Mom says would say that Anita just tells it like it is. Renfroe, who some have described as "this generation's Erma Bombeck" is a featured comedian on ABC's "Good Morning America" with 15 comedy segments scheduled to air in 2008. In addition to "Good Morning America," Renfroe's talent has been embraced by such top media outlets as "Dr.Phil," CBS's "The Early Show," Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends," XM Satellite Radio Network's "Oprah & Friends,"Inside Edition," and others.

Nicole C. Mullen is an award-winning Christian recording artist, songwriter and choreographer—earning both Grammy and Dove awards. During her career she has worked with Michael W. Smith, Newsboys, Jaci Velasquez and Amy Grant to name a few. She's collected eight Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, including two Female Vocalist of the Year honors, two Song of Year honors ("On My Knees" and "Redeemer")," Songwriter of the Year and the 2005 Urban Album of the Year for her previous CD, Everyday People. Beyond her music, she has called attention to atrocities in Ghana, West Africa, and has established the Baby Girls Club, an organization that mentors young women. Mullen recently released the critically acclaimed album A Dream to Believe In: Volume 2.

Patsy Clairmont has been described as petite, profound, and playful. These words help to describe her size, her message and her humor. Patsy comes from an uncommon background. Her years of suffering as a prisoner in her own home, a victim of agoraphobia, have given her a deep appreciation of God's healing power. Patsy now travels throughout the U.S. providing humor for the heart and hope for the healing. Currently, she is a speaker with the Women of Faith conferences, speaking to tens of thousands of women each month. In her eleven years with Women of Faith she has reached over 3 million women. She has written many best-selling books cooperatively with the other Women of Faith speakers. The latest is Contagious Joy!

Tickets are $20 for main floor seating, $17 for balcony and $15 for group purchases of 10 or more tickets. (Student tickets are $10 with a valid student I.D.) All proceeds from the evening's ticket sales will provide a way for the Center for Character Development at Anderson University to reach children and those who shape their lives in this region of the country. Contact the Reardon Auditorium box office (765-641-4140) or Ticketmaster (service fees apply) for reserved seats.

For more information about the Center for Character Development at Anderson University call 765-641-3861.