The Gaithers were awarded the Evangeline Booth Lifetime Achievement Award in Gospel Music. “I’ve always loved your spirit of caring and love,” Bill told the audience. Gloria remarked that she didn’t know any organization that takes the simple Gospel more seriously.
Other honorees included former first lady Laura Bush; Michael Flaherty, CEO of Walden Media (producers of the Narnia movies) and Disney animator Glen Keane, who has worked on such classics as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and the recent success, Tangled. A selection of his original drawings were auctioned off to benefit Salvation Army relief efforts in the South. (A picture of the Beast went for $6,000!)
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