By Colleen Flaherty
Killeen Daily Herald
Gospel star James Fortune, a Sugar Land native, and the Houston-based gospel group FIYA will perform at 8 p.m. May 20 at Destiny World Outreach Center in Killeen.
Proceeds from the concert will benefit Kathy's Kids, a Round Rock-based charity that seeks to build a children's foster care facility somewhere in Bell or Williamson counties in the next seven years.
Kathy's Kids is named after Kathy Goldsmith, who died three years ago at the age of 91, charity founder Yolanda Miller said.
Miller, a nurse by training, was Goldsmith's longtime friend and caretaker.
"Everything we do is in her honor," Miller said of Kathy's Kids. "She was an orphan. Both of her parents died when she was very young."
Foster children were close to Goldsmith's heart over her lifetime, Miller said. The late ballroom dancer "helped everyone she knew. There was not one person in her life she didn't help."
Kathy's Kids was launched last year. It aims to build an eventual chain of loving care facilities for foster children by organizing benefit concerts across the area.
Gospel star and pastor Marvin Sapp performed at Kathy's Kids first concert in March in Harker Heights.
"That show was sold out and we had 1,700 people in attendance," said Gerald "Mr. G" Cole of Killeen. As head of KG Entertainment, the entertainment branch of Kathy's Kids, Cole organizes and promotes its concerts.
He encouraged May 20 concert-goers to arrive early to find seats.
"James Fortune is a very prolific artist that has a very, very strong testimony as far as where he's come from and where he is now with his ministry," Cole said. "He was homeless at one time and he overcame those struggles. His music ministry has not only taken off in the U.S., but worldwide."
"I Trust You," from Fortune's 2008 album "The Transformation," spent a record-breaking 29 weeks at the top of the gospel music charts.
Local gospel artists, including Rob Hall and Company from Destiny World Outreach Center and the church's youth choir, will also perform.
Miller doesn't have a fundraising goal for this concert, she said, but hopes that she'll make enough to return her own initial investment of about $30,000. Anything more will be a blessing for the future of Kathy's Kids, she said. Breaking even with concerts like these isn't easy, she said, but "I believe in what I'm doing, so I won't stop."
Doors open at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $20 for general admission and $40 for stage-side seating.
They're available at Renaissance Records, Inspired Designs Hair Salon, Gay's House of Beauty and Marilyn's Hair Exclusives in Killeen, as well as at Destiny World Outreach Center, 101 N. W.S. Young Drive.
For more information on Kathy's Kids, go to www.kathyskidsproject.org.
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