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The highly anticipated gospel concert, "I’m Not Perfect, But I Know God" is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Santee Conference Center, 1737 Bass Drive, in Santee.

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This is a community sponsored effort of a few millennials who saw the need of those desperately searching for something outside the four walls of church. Committee members Makeda Middleton, Diandra Hillard, Moses Smith, LaTonya Dash, and Reggie Fludd have organized and revitalized the IKG (I Know God) Choir to a ensemble compromised of community members from all walks of life. It started from a weekly broadcast on Facebook to a widely noticed feature into a concert choir which strives to cultivate not only the traditional values but to embrace God in a new way.

Now President of the IKG Choir, Reggie Fludd expressed that the purpose of this concert is to “continue doing what they were doing."

"They want to create different avenues for kids in the community,” Fludd said. And not necessarily kids under 18, but those of the younger generation that may be experiencing a disconnect with their church home and giving them a place to be free and love God at the same time.

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Fludd also stated that since their last concert, they have noticed a difference in the culture of the churches in the committee, especially with a more relaxed dress code.

Secretary Diandra Hilliard who handles the logistics and details for the actual event discussed the huge growth they’ve seen since their concert on last year. The choir has doubled in numbers from having 20 members to now having 46 members. They’ve noticed an increase in awareness and appreciation for what they are trying to do in their communities.

She also stated that this year, people can expect “songs they grew up on and songs their parents used to sing." The concert will also consist of familiar gospel songs that many heard in the 90’s and that everyone will be familiar with. The concert will also include praise and worship, a special tribute to families of victims who lost their lives to violence, a talk about crime from Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell, and a special comedic presentation during the interlude.

Tickets can be purchased through any board member or by associated business in the Santee area: Elite Credit Services, Celebrity Design and Santee Beauty Salon. The concert will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, with doors opening at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 and will not be sold at the door.

For more information, contact Diandra Hillilard at 803-306-8889.

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