Local scout to host community gospel show


Several months ago, Boy Scout Stephen Carroll began a journey to build a storage building for his band mates at Midway High School.

In a few days, the tuba player and sophomore student will host a gospel event to benefit his community service project titled “Project Eagle Song.” The Community Gospel Sing is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, May 30 at Central Baptist Church, 6050 Plain View Highway, Dunn. Doors will open at 5 p.m.

“I think it’s going to be a great turnout,” Carroll said. “We’re hoping to fill up the entire Central Baptist Church.”

The project is a big undertaking for Carroll who is trying to become an Eagle Scout, the highest rank in the organization. In order to have it bestowed on him, the project has to be completed. His goal is build a 34×34 building for the Midway District’s band program. The building will be used to store equipment and two trailers.

Carroll indicated that the gospel event ties in with his church roots.

“Every likes to call me a church boy,” Carroll said. “I really love God and I’ve been praying a lot about it lately. I’m hoping that he will shed some light on how we can raise money for the project. He brought us to this.”

The title cost of the plan is about $40,000. So far, about $6,000 has been raised through donations. An offer was also made by school officials to pay for the concrete which is about $5,000. The upcoming event is the first major fundraiser for the project. Admission is free, but a love offering will be taken to support “Project Eagle Song.”

In addition to bringing attention to his project, Carroll says he hopes people enjoy the worshiping aspect as well, regardless if they can afford to donate or not.

“We hope that people see God in this event,” he said. “It’s not just about the money, it’s about Him.”

It’s something, Carroll says he has wanted to do for a long time. He adds that it took him about three months to plan the event which features several performers.

An inspirational message will be delivered by Karson McCullen. Along with Carroll, the list of guests and performers include Baptist Chapel Youth Praise Team, Blythe Best, Lynette Bowden, Brook Dienhart, Gospel Tabernacle Fine Arts Ministry, Charles Holland, Jordan Jackson, Karson McCullen, Maple Family, Midway High School Band, Midway High School Chorus, Mingo Praise Team, Precious Jewels, Prosper 29:11, Structure, Tracey Parker and Zada Poper.

For more information about the project, contact Carroll at 910-988-0233 or by email at sncarroll13@gmail.com.

All donations are welcome and are tax deductible. Different sponsorship tiers are available at different levels, ranging from $50 to $2,500 or greater. Checks may be made to the Midway District Band Boosters. Otherwise, checks are made to “Project Eagle Song.”

Donations may be submitted to: Project Eagle Song – Chris Warren, Treasurer, 600 Underwood St., Clinton, NC 28328.

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