Union Baptist to Rebuild


The 100 year old Union Baptist Church in New Rochelle, destroyed by fire on Valentine’s Day, is rebuilding with the help of ShopRite Supermarkets.

Firefighters battle blaze at Union Baptist Church Feb. 14 courtesy: LoHud


Established in 1913, the architecturally significant structure is one of New Rochelle’s earliest African-American religious organizations and is currently home to over 250 local parishioners and more that commute from New York City, Fairfield, Putnam and Rockland Counties, says the PR Company that is announcing the effort. The church was Built in 1904, the church was tragically destroyed in a fire this past February.
Fundraising Concerts and Walk a thon:
“Resurrecting the Church” Union Baptist Church Benefit Concert
A benefit gospel concert featuring performances by Pastor David Wright and the Timothy Wright Memorial Choir, Greater Centennial Choir, Strait Gate Choir, Brothers in Christ, Psalmist Vikki Griffin, Ann Sinclair, Ishmael “Ish” Rouse, Dance Ministry Institute and McCurry Sherman will take place at the Westchester County Center from 6:00 – 9:30PM on Saturday, April 23.  The Westchester County Center is located at 198 Central Ave., White Plains, NY 10607. Tickets cost $20 and can be purchased atTicketmaster.com or by calling Union Baptist Church at 914-632-3627.

Benefit Concert for Union Baptist Church
A benefit concert featuring performances by the New York Festival Singers and Bethesda Baptist Church Choir will take place from 6:00 – 9:00PM on Saturday, April 30, at the Bethesda Baptist Church, located at 71 Lincoln Ave., New Rochelle, NY 10801. Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased at Bethesda Baptist Church and Trinity St. Paul Monday through Friday between 9:00AM – 3:00PM.

“Taking Steps to Rebuild” 5 K Walk-a-Thon
The Taking Steps to Rebuild Benefit 5K Walk-a-Thon Walk will take place on June 5, starting at 8:00AM at Wildcliff Manor in New Rochelle. The Walk-A-Thon costs $20 per person and includes an outdoor barbeque with food and refreshments from 1:00 – 5:00PM. Registration begins on April 25 at www.ubcr.org.

ShopRite Supermarkets will host a check-out donation drive from April 17 through April 23 and will also collect non-perishable items at its New Rochelle, Bedford Hills and White Plains store locations to support Union Baptist Church’s Manna Ministry food-distribution program, which served over 5,000 families in 2010.

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