ELLERBE — Motivational speaker Tawana Williams will headline a fundraiser for a new community center next month.
The Mineral Springs Improvement Council reviewed its plans for the event during the group’s Monday night meeting.
“The excitement is out there,” said Bishop Arlester Simpson. “Some people just haven’t heard (about) it.”
Williams was born without arms due to “brutal medical negligence” from a drug her mother was given during pregnancy and has faced many physical and emotional obstacles — from drug abuse to being raped — throughout her life, according to her website.
The Wilson native has written five books, including “Unarmed But Dangerous,” an autobiography.
Williams has also been featured in a variety of media outlets, spoken at colleges and to various state and federal government agencies.
Simpson said Williams’ segment of the event is about 35 minutes, but he wants the program to last an hour and a half.
He said he’s planning to have several praise dance teams from area churches to open the event and has invited two pastors to sing, but didn’t yet want to reveal who they were.
Laurie Abrams said she had previously seen Williams at an event in Charlotte.
“She is amazing,” Abrams said. “Her presentation is spiritual.”
Abrams said Williams’ presentation not only includes speaking, but demonstrating how she uses her feet to draw and perform other tasks.
“She makes you feel like, ‘If she can do this, I can do this,’” she said.
Simpson added, “When she has finished, there won’t be a dry eye in the auditorium.”
The event will be held at the Sidney Grove Agape Center — which seats about 850 people — Saturday, Aug. 16. Tickets are $6 for adults and children and are being sold by individuals and local churches.
According to Annie Buie, president of the council, the multipurpose community building will “benefit our children of all races and provide a safe place for social and educational opportunities.”
For ticket and event information, contact Buie at 910-652-3791, Simpson at 910-652-4256 or Brenda Capel, council secretary, at 910-417-8728.
Reach reporter William R. Toler at 910-817-2675.