Adoption agency holding gospel fundraiser Saturday

Jun. 28, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

A musical and informational event set for Saturday will benefit an agency dedicated to pairing children with loving families.

A Gospel Extravaganza fundraiser, benefiting the activities of Another Choice for Black Children Adoption Agency, will be held Saturday, June 29, at the Lee County Arts and Community Center — 507 N. Steele St., Sanford.

"Since we've started, we've placed over 1,000 children in permanent homes," said Ruth Amerson, CEO and founder. "Our focus is finding families to adopt [children] from the foster care system who are 6 years and older." 

Amerson added that "a great need" exists in North Carolina for adoptive families within this population, particularly among siblings and teenagers.

"We're looking for everyday people who want to make a difference," Amerson said.

Those who are interested in learning more about the adoption process will find materials and other informational resources at Saturday's event, Amerson said, which begins at 4 p.m. (doors open at 3 p.m.). Families who have adopted through the agency will have an opportunity to share their experience, she added.

Also appearing on the extravaganza's program are Ka-Nected of Statesville, Promise of Lillington, Sons of Destiny of Colon, and the Anoited Ones of Sanford, among others. Tony Spears is scheduled to serve as the master of ceremonies.

Amerson said the agency is hoping to raise at least $5,000 to help with everything from school supplies to recruiting efforts. Admission is $10 in advance, $12 at the door.  

Those wanting to attend can contact the Another Choice office at (919) 775-1107 or Sue Wilson at (919) 356-8242 or (919) 775-5265. Another Choice is nonprofit, and donations are also accepted.

People wanting to know more about the adoption process and the agency can call 1-800-774-3534 or visit http://acfbc.org/.