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The greatest gift.

This Christmas season, a concert of angelic proportions promises to delight and entertain its audience with a tapestry of talent. "The Greatest Gift" concert is a benefit hosted by The Christmas Village, a residential ministry for women who have lost their support system due to an unexpected pregnancy but who choose life for their unborn child The concert will be held at the Belhaven University Center for the Arts in Jackson at 7 p.m. Friday December 17.

Performers will include Drew Holland, a rising Nashville star and the daughter of admired Mississippian Paul Ott; contemporary Christian artist Bridget Taylor; Mississippi'sown Guy Hovis of "The Lawrence Welk Show" fame; Los Angeles's Will North, a musical theater actor, singer, and writer; The Williams Brothers gospel and soul trio; and, the Grammy-winning Canton Spirituals. The Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet will perform the grand finale.

Amory native Sam Haskell will serve as the master of ceremonies for the evening. Having served as board chairman for the Miss America Organization and as executive vice-president and worldwide head of television for the William Morris Agency, Haskell is also the author of Promises I Made My Mother.

Also taking part in this special evening will be Haskell's wife, Mary, an esteemed singer, actress, and entertainer ... and not to mention a former Miss Mississippi.

"My mother taught me from a very young age that a blessing is not a blessing unless it is shared," says Sam Haskell. "Mary and I have spent the better part of our 34 years together doing just that! Supporting The Christmas Village's 'Greatest Gift' fundraiser will allow everyone who buys a ticket to celebrate the holidays with Mary and me and help someone in need. Isn't that what Christmas is all about?"

Tickets for the event are $25 for orchestra seating and $20 for balcony seating. For more information about "The Greatest Gift" concert and to purchase tickets, visit
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Publication:Mississippi Magazine
Geographic Code:1U6MS
Date:Nov 1, 2010
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