Released 16 February 2012
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The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club Sponsors Annual ReVAMP Concert
Earlier this month, close to 200 people crowded into The Robinson Theater for an exciting and entertaining night with The Salvation Army and several other ministries and organizations for ReVAMP 2012; a night of music, dancing, fellowship and ministry.
Of those in attendance, the vast majority were teenagers.
ReVAMP is a free annual concert, hosted by The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club with the sole purpose of presenting positive, Christian music to Richmond youth.
This year, five performing acts, a mix of both local and national groups, took the stage over the course of the three-hour event and included DJ Such-n-Such, of Cross Movement Record's Level 3:16.
Two teens from The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club also performed a song they had written.
"Though nervous, the crowd cheered them on and even when missing a line, the audience urged them to keep going," said Paul Granger, Teen Director for The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club.
"What could have been a traumatic experience turned into something uplifting and they were even given a standing ovation."
This year, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club also announced the 2012 Youth of the Year winner during ReVAMP as all the candidates were invited on stage for the official announcement.
"We appreciated the opportunity to share with the audience how proud we are of each of the four phenomenal teens; Charles Bolling, 16; Alvin Cole, 16; MeiAsia Palmer, 16; and Robert Valentine, 15."
This year's Youth of the Year winner is Alvin Cole, a Club member since 2008 and currently a junior at Franklin Military Academy.
Throughout the event, the teens were engaged and took time afterward either to speak individually with the 30 or so counselors in attendance.
"The teens were thankful for the event's focus on Christ and found it inspired them, committing to walk with Him beyond the concert," said Granger.
"Even the artists shared that they loved the event, and felt like the leadership team, volunteers, and other artists were family."
"We can't thank the artists enough for their high moral character and quality, positive music."
Special thanks to Best Buy, Sam's Club, Target, and Sweet Frog for donating door prizes.
For more information about ReVAMP and/or The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, please contact Hugh Jones, Executive Director, at (804) 222-3122.