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Excitement high for tomorrow’s Michael W. Smith concert

Written on May 15th, 2009

Tickets still available for May 16 OACSF event 

Excitement has been building for the Michael W. Smith concert and there is still time to get tickets for the May 16 event presented by the OACS Foundation (OACSF).

Held at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, doors will open at 5 p.m. with opening artists starting at 6 p.m.

The concert is part of Smith’s world tour for his latest CD, A New Hallelujah, and a fundraiser for the OACS Foundation, which supports Christian school development and curriculum across the province.

“I would certainly encourage people to come out and enjoy an evening of praise and worship,” says OACSF director of development Larry Lutgendorff.

Organizers are aiming to raise the profile of schools and organizations that “transform lives” through the event.

“(The event will be a) gathering of the Christian family in southwestern Ontario, a gathering of the family of Christian schools — all of those people who are working together to ‘transform lives’ of children here at home and around the world,” Lutgendorff told OACS News.

Opening artists include Christian worship leader and songwriter Jon Bauer, contemporary country faith-based group High Valley, singer-songwriter Christine Evans and gospel artist Kevin Pauls.

“The GMA artists will be available for their fans to sign autographs,” says Lutgendorff.

There will be a Christian marketplace at the event featuring Christian education and literacy work being done locally and around the world. Several sponsors for the event will have booths at the marketplace.

“The support has been phenomenal. Sponsors and donors have been helping us make this event a memorable one for all the guests both artists and fans alike,” says Lutgendorff. “The many Christian ministries in the booth area will have something of interest for everyone.”

Lutgendorff says he has heard nothing but good things, and people are really excited to welcome the Nashville award-winning singer, songwriter and recording artist to Hamilton.

As a best-selling contemporary Christian music artist, Smith was recently inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Over his career he has released many albums, 10 books and has won Dove awards and Grammy awards. He last performed in the area more than 10 years ago and people are still talking about the concert, says Lutgendorff.

Local Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools (OACS) member schools have been selling tickets, receiving $5 of each ticket sale toward their school.

The ticket sale winner was St. Thomas Community Christian School, but the school was unable to make the prize of a Crossroads Television System (CTS) shoot work for them, so John Knox Christian School in Oakville received the prize and will be aired on ConneCTS for a month.

Andy Straatsma, principal at Timothy Christian School in Barrie, says the school has been promoting the event on a major scale and a lot of individuals and families plan to attend.

“It will be a great event,” says Straatsma.

Lutgendorff says there are really no bad seats in Copps Coliseum, so everyone can enjoy a great view of the stage and there are still some excellent floor seats available.

Visit www.oacsf.org/MWS or call the OACS at 905-648-2100 to learn more about the concert and buy tickets.

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