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Gospel concert to benefit retirement home charity

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PLANT CITY A nonprofit that seeks to brighten the holidays for women in area retirement homes is planning to stage a gospel concert fundraiser.

Mother's Love of Central Florida hopes to raise $4,000 to $5,000 with a concert by Doug and Melvin Williams of The Williams Brothers. The group will appear at 6 p.m. Sept. 21 at the John R. Trinkle Center on the Plant City campus of Hillsborough Community College, 1206 N. Park Road. Doors open at 5 p.m.

Other groups to appear at the concert include Grady and the Apostles, The Mighty Traveling Stars and the Inspirational Voices of God.

This is the first fundraiser of its kind for the charity, operated by Eddie Mae Mitchell and her daughter Karen Williams.

Mother's Love provides gifts for elderly women at retirement and nursing homes on Mother's Day and Christmas. For the most part, Mitchell and Williams have been providing the money for the gifts, such as flowers, lotions and slippers.

Williams said many of the recipients of the gifts don't have friends or family who visit, and really appreciate the gesture.

"No one comes to see them. It's sad. It's like they are thrown away but we do what we can to help them," she said.

The women are currently seeking businesses and individuals to sponsor the concert. Sponsors will have their names printed on promotional materials for the concert.

Concert tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door.

The Greater St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church is helping present the concert.

For information about sponsorships or to help out, call Mitchell at (813) 704-5747.

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