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Riceboro group releases CD
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Project Reach GANG members perform a recent concert. The group will release its first CD next month. - photo by Photo provided.
The young men and women of the Project Reach GANG (God’s Anointed Now Generation) have a lot to be excited about.  
The nonprofit youth group was organized in 1998 at the Briar Bay Park in Riceboro under the leadership of Executive Director Lavonia LeCounte, who wanted to change and motivate today’s youth.
Since the group was organized, members have been involved in many community endeavors. “We are very proud to be of service to our community. The activities we participate in have been a help to our community and have provided a great experience for our young people,” LeCounte said.
The group’s latest project is the release of its first CD, “Grateful,” which features 10 songs. “Songs on the CD were written by some of the GANG choir members, Rodrick Dowling (producer and Mt. Zion minister of music) and me,” LeCounte said. “The group worked very hard on this CD. Pastor M.L. Jackson of Mt. Zion allowed us to record the CD at his church. We also did a lot of rehearsals at the Riceboro Church of God.”
At 6 p.m. Saturday, April 10, GANG will perform a CD release concert at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Hinesville. Recording artist Ronita Coppenning Rose of Columbia, S.C., and other local groups and choirs will also perform. The concert is free and the doors will open at 5:30 p.m.
“Members of the GANG choir consist of youths from seven or eight churches. We have youths from Hinesville, Midway, Riceboro as well as out of town members from Richmond Hill, Augusta, Atlanta and Myrtle Beach,” LeCounte said.  
Although this will be the group’s first CD release concert, Project Reach GANG members are used to taking part in charitable events and offering services as goodwill ambassadors for the community. The group has received several awards for its work and has been spotlighted three times on WTOC. Project Reach GANG was the opening youth choir for the 2000 Georgia legislative session in Atlanta.
Organization members meet every Monday night at Riceboro Church of God. They receive tutoring, mentoring, career training, life-skill development, vocal training, leadership training and more. They visit nursing homes, participate in the annual “Read to Me” event for senior citizens and help with bi-annual community cleanups. The group’s biggest event of the year is the annual “Back to School Rally,” which is at Briar Bay Park every July.
The CD costs $10 and all proceeds benefit Project Reach GANG. For more information about the concert or Project Reach GANG, call LeCounte at 977-3951.

Anderson is the author of “Lack of Knowledge” and “Dare to Soar.”
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