"How Sweet the Sound" of Acme Missionary Baptist Church Choir

Acme Missionary Baptist was named overall best church choir in Chicago during the regional competition of Verizon Wireless' How Sweet The Sound tour held last September at the United Center. They qualified to perform in the tour's grand finale in Atlanta and to compete for a cash prize of up to $30,000 and the championship title. Faith Temple Church of God in Christ from Evanston will compete in the small choir category.

Chicago was the sixth stop along the How Sweet the Sound tour. At the grand finale event in Atlanta, semi-finalists winners from 11 cities will compete for the grand prize. Grammy- winning songwriter, producer, arranger and music director, Donald Lawrence, served as tour emcee; he will be joined by award-winning gospel artists Donald Lawrence, Smokie Norful, Hezekiah Walker and Marvin Sapp. Finalists include choirs from Atlanta, St. Louis, Memphis, Chicago, Houston, Washington, DC, California, New York, Michigan & Pennsylvania.

Music fans planning to watch their favorite choirs compete during this event are encouraged to bring their no-longer-used wireless phones and donate them to the Verizon Wireless HopeLine® program. Phones will be collected at booths set up at different locations throughout the concert venues.

HopeLine is Verizon Wireless' exclusive phone recycling and reuse program that collects no-longer-used wireless phones, batteries and accessories in any condition from any wireless service provider to benefit victims of domestic violence. Proceeds from the HopeLine program are used to provide wireless phones and cash grants to local shelters and non-profit organizations that focus on domestic violence prevention and awareness. Since 2001, HopeLine has collected more than 5 million phones and awarded more than $5 million in cash grants to domestic violence agencies and organizations throughout the country.

For more information, visit How Sweet the Sound at www.howsweetthesound.com

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