Join Carla and the Mark Howell singers in an evening of gospel music to benefit A Better Chance, Inc., Bishop Kenny High School and St. Charles Borromeo School, hosted by Emmy award winner David Ushery, co-host of NBC 4 New York.

When: November 23rd 2015, 7pm

Where: Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, 7th Avenue between 56th & 57th ST.

Tickets are available by phone or online. Call CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or click through to Carnegie Hall Ticketing to purchase your tickets now:

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Every dime raised from this gospel music event will be donated to 3 charities: A Better Chance, Inc., Bishop Kenny High School and St. Charles Borromeo School. A range of sponsorship levels are also available to those who wish to deepen the impact this event will have.

If you wish to become a sponsor, download our PDF sponsor form and mail the completed printout.

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About Carla at Carnegie

In 2005, Carla Harris decided to use her vocal talents to raise money to provide academic and financial support for students of color by performing a benefit concert at Carnegie Hall. A group of wonderful singers from the Voices of the Spirit choir were personally selected by conductor and maestro Wavel Mark Howell to accompany Carla for the first evening of Hallelujah Praise and the Mark Howell Singers were born. The combination of the two entities, led by David Ushery as host for the evening, was magical. In 2006 and 2010 Carla and the Mark Howell singers performed their second and third evenings of Hallelujah Praise to sold-out audiences at Carnegie. In 2012, a fourth evening of Unceasing Praise was performed for yet another sold-out audience.

Proceeds from the concerts in 2005 and 2006 were used to develop and provide continuing support of a science and math program for the children of St. Charles Borromeo School in Harlem, New York, as well as provide scholarships for students who desired to attend her alma mater, Bishop Kenny High School in Jacksonville, Florida. All scholarship recipients are students who have excelled academically but may be financially challenged. While continuing to support St. Charles and Bishop Kenny, A Better Chance, Inc. was included as a recipient organization in 2010. 100% of the proceeds from each concert is remitted to these three organizations. Thanks to the generous donations of corporate and individual sponsors and enthusiastic ticket supporters over $1 million dollars has been raised to provide academic and financial support to the recipient organizations on behalf of the students.

Now on November 23, 2015 in their fifth evening of Intentional Praise, Carla Harris and The Mark Howell Singers promise to deliver a night of handclapping, foot stomping gospel music that is sure to fill your hearts and lift your spirits. You will not leave Carnegie Hall the way you arrived.

A Better Chance, Inc.

A Better Chance’s mission is to increase substantially the number of well-educated young people of color who are capable of assuming positions of responsibility and leadership in American society. Since 1963, this guiding principle has driven A Better Chance to place talented young people of color into the leadership pipeline through increased access to academically rigorous secondary schools. Our signature College Preparatory Schools Program annually recruits and places 500 new Scholars and supports a total of 2000 Scholars at leading college preparatory schools across the country. Over the course of the last 50 years, A Better Chance has been a driving force in the effort to increase educational attainment among youth of color. Our record of success is evident in the more than 14,000 Alumni who have become great innovators, thinkers and leaders in their respective fields. Their success is a direct result of the educational access that they received through A Better Chance.

Bishop Kenny High School

Bishop Kenny High School located in Jacksonville, Florida is a four-year Catholic college preparatory school that serves students from diverse backgrounds in grades 9-12. Since its founding in 1952 the school has earned a national reputation for excellence in academics, athletics, and for developing students of exceptional quality and character. Bishop Kenny graduates are persons of integrity who are responsible decision makers able to face the challenges of life by engaging the lessons learned in the faith-guided environment. The 277-member class of 2014 reported a 100% graduation rate, 100% college acceptance rate and earned college scholarships, totaling $7.3 million dollars.

St. Charles Borromeo School

St. Charles, a Catholic elementary school founded in 1924, offers a beacon of hope to the African American and Latino communities of Central Harlem. The school has educated thousands of children and today continues to provide its students with the opportunity to learn in a supportive and nurturing environment. The St. Charles mission is to teach the child the academic subjects for success in the contemporary world, and equally important, to guide and direct his or her spiritual, moral, and emotional growth. To establish a standard of excellence, St. Charles continues to combine high expectations with love and discipline – a winning formula that enables the child to succeed against difficult circumstances. The school specifically targets literacy in early childhood through a specialized reading program for children in grades kindergarten through second. The dedicated faculty of St. Charles provides an intensive academic program that stresses mastery of reading, writing, and now with the addition of the Science Lab, a focus on math, science, and technology.