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More than 300 People Came Out to Enjoy an Evening of Gospel Music and Competition at Gift of Life’

On July 31st, 321 people attended Gift of Life’s 20th Annual Gospel Program and Competition at the First District Plaza in Philadelphia. Praise 103.9 radio personality, Dezzie, hosted the event, and gospel recording artist Keturah Duncan entertained the crowd. New this year, and in celebration of the 20th anniversary of this impactful event, Gift of Life held a gospel performance competition for local talent.

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Philadelphia, PA – On July 31st, 321 people attended Gift of Life’s 20th Annual Gospel Program and Competition at the First District Plaza in Philadelphia. Praise 103.9 radio personality, Dezzie, hosted the event, and gospel recording artist Keturah Duncan entertained the crowd. New this year, and in celebration of the 20th anniversary of this impactful event, Gift of Life held a gospel performance competition for local talent. Performers could dance, sing or do spoken word to compete for the top $1,000 prize.

Seven competitors were selected and competed during Sunday evening’s program. The winners were Matu Saye, first place, Miriam Bean, second place, and Paul Campbell, third place. All three competed through singing, and the winner, Matu Saye, sang an original song that she wrote. Local media personalities judged the competition.

Each year, the Gospel Program aims to reach the community with the message that organ donors save lives. At last night’s event, nearly 20 people registered to be organ and tissue donors, which could save and enhance the lives of up to 1,000 people – showing how impactful the Gospel Program is.

The Gospel Program strives to reach minority communities with the importance of being an organ and tissue donor. Nationally, minority communities constitute 25% of the population, but represent a startling 58% of those waiting for a life-saving transplant. In Gift of Life’s region, more than 50% of those waiting for a kidney transplant are minorities. Gift of Life believes that National Minority Donor Awareness Week is an opportunity to build upon because lack of education is crippling minority communities.

About Gift of Life Donor Program: Since 1974, Gift of Life has coordinated more than 42,000 organ transplants and an estimated 600,000 tissue transplants. Gift of Life’s service area includes nearly 11 million people, and in 2015 the organization coordinated over 44 organ donors-per-million-population - ranking it among the highest in the world. For more information about organ and tissue donation or to register today, visit donors1.org. It only takes 30 seconds to register.

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