Posted: September 02, 2011 at 09:05 am
Dr. Rance Lee Allen, the legendary gospel recording artist, international evangelist and church leader, and his wife, First Lady Ellen Allen, were honored during The Legend’s Ball on Friday, Aug. 26, at The Pinnacle in Maumee.
The black tie affair, which was called “A Night of Elegance,” drew more than 100 guests.
Rev. Allen, a Monroe, Mich., native, is pastor of New Bethel Bountiful Blessings Church, 801 Vance in Toledo.
The evening started with Pastor Allen receiving resolutions from Toledo Mayor Mike Bell; Wlima Brown, president of Toledo City Council; City Councilwoman Paula Hicks-Hudson, of District 4; state Rep. Mike Ashford; Janice Fryar, who represented state Senator Edna Brown; the Rev. Kevin J. Bedford Sr., president of the Toledo chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; Yvonne Harper, executive director of the Lucas County Democratic Party; and WilliAnn Moore, Ohio NAACP District 1 coordinator.
The program had two parts. The first part featured a presentation to First Lady Allen. There was an Allen family tribute, that featured his band, minus him, and other family members singing.
There also was a video of Pastor Allen from when he was a younger man.
The second part of the tribute featured musical guests and the introduction of the dais. There were video messages from other gospel greats that included Marvin Sapp, Marvin Winans and Detrick Haddon.
The evening concluded with Pastor Allen and his wife giving closing remarks, followed by the Rance Allen Group performing.
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