Unique musical group visiting

Published 1:48 pm Monday, December 31, 2012

ONE-OF-A-KIND CHOIR: “The Miracles,” a nationally renowned choir of musically-gifted adults with intellectual disabilities, will be in concert on Jan. 19 at the Kirbo Center. Proceeds from the concert will benefit local activities by the Decatur County Special Olympics committee.|Submitted photo

The Decatur County Special Olympics will host “The Miracles,” a nationally renowned choir of musically-gifted adults with intellectual disabilities, in its first fundraiser for local Special Olympics events.

The special concert will be Saturday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m., at the Kirbo Center on the campus of Bainbridge College. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at various locations in Bainbridge, or from any Decatur County Special Olympics committee member.

The current ticket locations are: First Port City Bank, First National Bank of Decatur County, Regions Bank, First State Bank, Five Star Credit Union, Family Bank, Peoples South Bank, The Bank of the Ozarks, The Bean, Crave, The Sugar Shack, Port City Deli, Georgia Pines and the YMCA. In addition, ticket members can be purchased from committee members: Jim Peck, Pat Harrell, Krystal Hiers, Jimmy Holton, Paul Medley, Debbie Strickland, Johnny Brown, Janie Kelley and Kristie Gilley.

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Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Decatur County Special Olympics, which puts on a variety of events throughout the year to benefit local citizens with intellectual disabilities. These events are offered quarterly to participants in both the Decatur County school system, as well as special adults in the community. Some of these events include the annual Special Olympics track-and-field competition, bowling competitions, and the prom-styled “Snowflake Ball.”

The Miracles are made up of 24 men and women who live at The Baddour Center, a community for adults with intellectual disabilities, located in Senatobia, Miss. This choir travels 15,000 miles and performs 80 concerts in more than 40 different venues, annually.

According to the group’s website, their mission is to “praise God through music, bridge attitude barriers that may exist towards persons with intellectual disabilities, and share the mission of The Baddour Center.”

The Miracles have worshiped with venues across the country, including Focus on the Family in Colorado Springs, Colo., and most recently in Washington, D.C., while maintaining a full roster of performances at mid-South churches.

For more information on The Miracles and The Baddour Center, visit online at www.baddour.org, or call 1-888-4BADDOUR.