GospelFest 2011: A Recap

“There’s a Lifting of Hands,” a song by gospel group Israel Breed, speaks about “liftin’ of the hearts, there’s a liftin’ of the eyes that are beyond the hills to where our help comes from.” This is surely what happened at the first annual Donate Life GospelFest held on November 12, 2011 at New Psalmist Baptist Church. Sponsored by Donate Life Maryland and The Living Legacy Foundation, this capstone event celebrated National Donor Sabbath, an annual interfaith observance to raise awareness for the urgent need for organ, eye and tissue donors.

Gospel hip hop artist and Baltimore native Manuel Ringgold kicked off the evening’s performances by asking the audience to “give hope and care for others by registering to become an organ donor.”  Additional performances by the New Psalmist Baptist Church Choir, St. John’s AME Church – Unity Choir, DJ Fella & Anointed Voices and Sheldon Brown, entertained guests with graceful voices, jamming performances, and soulful renditions of classic spirituals tied into the powerful message of giving the gift of life.

Nearly 300 guests came together for an evening filled with music, praise and testimonials, to celebrate life and to give thanks for those who selflessly said “yes” to donation in order to help others in need of a life saving transplant.

If you are interested in learning more about The Living Legacy Foundation’s outreach efforts in the Faith community, or participating in next year’s Donate Life GospelFest, please contact Latrice Price at 410-242-7000.


Written by Ieesha Johnson, In-House Coordinator for Saint Agnes Hospital and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Ieesha is also an active member of The LLF’s faith-based outreach committee.

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About Lauren

Lauren Muskauski is the communications associate at The Living Legacy Foundation. She heads up many community outreach initiatives and projects, with a focus on middle school, high school and college outreach. She also manages The LLF’s and Donate Life Maryland’s presence on social networking sites, such as Twitter and Facebook. Lauren’s commitment to donation started early when she registered as an organ, eye and tissue donor at the MVA upon receiving her first drivers’ license, but was then reinforced a few years later when her father passed away while waiting for a liver transplant. Now, she continues to be inspired on a daily basis by the generosity of donors and their families, as well as the gratitude exhibited by every recipient she meets.
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