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College offers 50th Anniversary Sale on tickets for Salute to Gospel Music Concert

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Dec 04, 2019

Don’t wait to buy tickets to College of Lake County’s 36th annual Salute to Gospel Music Concert at the Genesee Theatre. In honor of CLC’s 50th anniversary celebration, you can buy five tickets for only $50 by Feb. 27 to enjoy a discount of more than 50 percent of the regular price.

The concert begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29 at the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St. in Waukegan. Presented by CLC’s Lakeshore Campus, this year’s event features performer Bishop Hezekiah Walker (pictured). The multi-GRAMMY® Award-Photo of Bishop Hezekiah Walkerwinning, newly inducted Gospel Music Hall of Famer and the Love Fellowship Crusade Choir continue to uplift the masses from far and wide with inspirational songs that focus on maintaining faith and overcoming life’s daunting moments. Some of their most popular singles include “Every Praise,” “Souled Out,” “Let’s Dance” and “99-1/2."

Effie Rolfe, a Chicago-based media personality, speaker and author, will serve as emcee along with JoHaan Cotton-Wilson, CLC special projects coordinator. Additionally, the 2020 Harambee Award of Excellence will be presented to the Rev. Jason Dewey and the Rev. Cory Ratliff, co-pastors at Sign of the Dove Church in Waukegan. Special guests include the CLC Gospel Choir, directed by Matthew Hunter.

Additionally, the concert will include the first "Reunion Choir" in CLC’s 50-year history, led by three former Gospel Choir conductors—Dr. Sandra Leconte, Mark Cosey and Charles Hayes. If you have sung in the choir within the last 50 years and would like to participate, contact Cotton-Wilson at (847) 543-2112.

In addition to the concert, CLC’s Black Student Union, one of the college’s oldest clubs, will celebrate its 50 years by hosting a pre-show reception to honor the winners of an essay contest. More details on the contest will follow in the next few weeks.

Purchase tickets starting Tuesday, Dec. 10 by phone or in person at the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts Box Office in Grayslake and the LancerZone stores at the Grayslake, Waukegan and Vernon Hills Campuses. Tickets also may be purchased at the Genesee Theatre on the day of the event. The anniversary group rate of $50 for five tickets is available before February 27 and in person only.

Ticket information: $28 general admission; $26 for seniors 65+ and CLC students/staff/children; $33 at the door. Check online for any fees that may apply.

For group sales, call the Box Office at (847) 543-2431 (group sales are not available at CLC LancerZone stores). For tickets, call (847) 543-2300 or visit Or contact the James Lumber Center Box Office (Grayslake) and CLC LancerZone store locations: Grayslake Campus, 19351 W. Washington St., Room B131, Grayslake, (847) 543-2086; Lakeshore Campus, 33 N. Genesee St., Room S116, Waukegan, (847) 543-2189; Southlake Campus, 1120 S. Milwaukee Ave., Room V134, Vernon Hills, (847) 543-6530. On the performance date, Feb. 29, tickets will be available only at the Genesee Theatre box office.

About College of Lake County:

College of Lake County is an innovative community college in Lake County, Ill. that transforms lives with its variety of accessible, quality education options. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, College of Lake County provides affordable options in a state-of-the-art setting close to home. A large student network, with small class sizes, provides advantages to our students on a career-related program or a path toward a transfer degree. We’re proud to serve the diverse needs of our community and student body. Connect to your future today at College of Lake County.