Tallatoona CAP celebrates 52nd anniversary with gospel concert Saturday

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In celebration of its 52nd anniversary, Tallatoona Community Action Partnership will present An Evening With Yolanda Adams on Saturday.

Assisting about 18,000 low-income families in eight counties annually, the nonprofit offers numerous programs, including Head Start, Early Head Start Child Care Partnership, Community Services, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and Weatherization. Along with Bartow, Tallatoona CAP also serves Cobb, Douglas, Floyd, Gordon, Haralson, Paulding and Polk counties.

“This event, I think, marks obviously a significant milestone for an organization that has been out on the forefront of fighting poverty and helping families get out of poverty,” Tallatoona CAP Executive Director Scott Gray said. “The mission of our organization, the way we sum it up — it is about helping families take their lead.

“… I wish I could say that we’re at a point where we have eradicated poverty, but we are at a point where we need to step our game up. We need to help step our families up to that next level from where they come in to where they want to ultimately be.”

Starting at 6 p.m., Saturday’s concert will take place at Crosspoint City Church, 325 Old Mill Road in Cartersville. In addition to the multi-Grammy award winning gospel singer, the event will feature a performance by Ahmad Hall & Friends. Led by Hall — an Adairsville resident — the group is based in Bartow County.

“Over 50 years, Tallatoona has done a great job providing … so many things for our community.” Hall said. “… [Supporting Tallatoona CAP] was definitely something I wanted to be a part of and involved in. I’m definitely very excited about [Saturday’s concert].

“… I’ve never personally had a chance to open up for [Yolanda Adams]. So we’re definitely as a group looking forward to doing so, because she’s a multi-Grammy award winner. … She’s had such a great career over the last few decades.”

Along with musical entertainment, Gray shared another exciting element of the event will be a presentation by one of Tallatoona CAP’s families.

“We have Yolanda Adams coming to the celebration,” Gray said. “She is, I think, going to bring a dynamic show for our celebration, but, I think, the family — in telling their story — may steal the show.

“… She, herself, got connected through us to a nursing program. Now she has gotten her nursing degree, and she is a supervisor at her job. So that is ultimately what we want to see from our families — that they, again, are taking the lead, that we’re helping fill in the resources that they need to get to their ultimate dream. … That’s what we’re celebrating — the families that have been able to take part in our programs and be able to make it to where they want to go.”

Proceeds from An Evening With Yolanda Adams will assist Tallatoona CAP’s operations.

“It will go toward our continued fight against poverty and helping families be able to get the resources that they need,” Gray said. “What is happening across the country is that resources are tightening up. A good majority of our resources come from the federal and state government.

“We are looking to diversify our resources and leverage them with the existing resources. So this is really our first effort in really asking the community to participate in something that will help us leverage additional funding and help us be able to support more families.”

Tickets to An Evening With Yolanda Adams will be $40 at the door or $35 in advance. To obtain tickets prior to the event, visit Tallatoona CAP’s website, www.tallatoonacap.org, or central office at 1010 N. Tennessee St. in Cartersville.

For more information on Tallatoona CAP’s programs, call 770-382-5388.