United In Harmony will headline benefit for 12 Step program


BUCYRUS — The fourth annual BBQ Benefit and “Concert On The Green” for the Alpha Recovery 12 Step Program will again take place — rain or shine — under the “Big Top” on June 3 at Woodlawn United Methodist Church. The benefit starts at 5 p.m. June 3 on the Woodlawn United Methodist Church campus, 1675 Hopley Ave., Bucyrus.

This year’s entertainment will feature United in Harmony, a popular Crawford County men’s chorus. The group was started about seven years ago, as a quartet. Today there are 22 men in the group who “just like to get together to sing.” The group is under the direction of George Gibbs, assistant director Sam Eichhorn and further assisted by Chris Quinn and pianist Marcia Burkhart.

All proceeds from the BBQ and concert fundraiser will benefit the Alpha Recovery 12 Step Program, a non-denominational Christian-based program working to successfully reintegrate individuals recovering from drug or alcohol addiction into a new life of honesty and stability through a new faith in Jesus Christ and diverting them from a life of defeat and hopelessness.

Last year’s event drew more than 700 people. The first three benefits raised more than $26,000 for Alpha Recovery programming and helped with the creation and development of the Jericho House, a community recovery residence.

Additional information about the 12 Step Program is available at Alpha Recovery’s website: www.alpha12step.com or by calling Margie Maddox at 419 689-1412.

The concert starts at 6 p.m. This year’s BBQ Benefit on the Green will again be under a huge circus-like tent and will include a “Jericho-Chinese Auction” of various items donated by area business supporters.

Tickets are available from most Woodlawn Church members or by calling 419-562-1776. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and younger. Reserved tables for parties of eight are available by calling 419-562-1776.

Galion Inquirer | Submitted photo United Harmony members, front row, from the left, Shown in provided photo front row (L to R); Rob Neff, Jack Swartz, (Branden Keener on leave), Director George Gibbs, Sam Hopkins, Bob Durtschi, & Ron Burkhart. Second row: Jim Buck, Norm McKibben, Tad Shealy, Kevin Myers, Terry Burkhardt, Harold Fitz, (Phil Harris retired) & Dan Ulmer. Top row: Roger Brown, Dick Hulsmeyer, Sam Eichhorn, Bill Hanes, Steve Brause, Tom Holtshouse, Fred Sparks, (Harry Lipscomb retired), & Steve Crall. Not pictured: Dennis Koehler.
http://galioninquirer.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_Photo-united-in-Harmony-2.jpgGalion Inquirer | Submitted photo United Harmony members, front row, from the left, Shown in provided photo front row (L to R); Rob Neff, Jack Swartz, (Branden Keener on leave), Director George Gibbs, Sam Hopkins, Bob Durtschi, & Ron Burkhart. Second row: Jim Buck, Norm McKibben, Tad Shealy, Kevin Myers, Terry Burkhardt, Harold Fitz, (Phil Harris retired) & Dan Ulmer. Top row: Roger Brown, Dick Hulsmeyer, Sam Eichhorn, Bill Hanes, Steve Brause, Tom Holtshouse, Fred Sparks, (Harry Lipscomb retired), & Steve Crall. Not pictured: Dennis Koehler.

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