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"Saving Grace" fundraiser

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

St. James Episcopal Church in Fondren was transformed into a concert hall Thursday night for the fourth annual "Saving Grace" fundraiser. For a small donation, those who attended were treated to music from some of the Jackson area's finest.

The money goes to maintain seven Grace Houses and Reverend Molly MacWade says Grace House is "A Place for Living" in Jackson's inner city that affords homeless adults with HIV/AIDS a safe and comfortable place to live with dignity and compassion.

"And Grace House provides places for people to begin again and have some hope in their lives when they've never had it before," said Rev. MacWade.

"So, we have been calling some great musicians," said concert organizer and musician Raphael Semmes. "This is our fourth year we got a good crowd inhere right now listening to Fred Knobloch and we also have tonight, Jerekus Singleton coming up and we have Barry Leach and, of course, the great baritone James Martin, so it's a great musical crowd; the food is wonderful, Sugar Magnolia, provides the food and we're all here to support Grace House."

Some of the proceeds from last year's show were used to build and improve kitchen and dining facilities making mealtime "feel like home".

Reverend MacWade says stocking the pantry is a year round challenge.

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