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Popular Comedienne Chonda Pierce Slated To Headline Takoma Hospital’s Annual Holiday Concert
GREENEVILLE, TN -- Best-selling comedienne Chonda Pierce will headline this year’s holiday concert for Takoma Adventist Hospital, officials have announced.

   Pierce – who has sold out every performance in the Tri-Cities during the past five years – will perform at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center on Monday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m.

   Ticket information may be obtained by calling Lindy Riley, director of the Takoma Hospital Foundation, at 798-8136.

   “Chonda is a female Mark Lowry,” Riley said. “She has a phenomenal fan base, and we expect a full house for our holiday show.”

   Pierce is currently touring to promote her new DVD, “A Piece of My Mind.” Her past five videos – “Have I Got A Story For You,” “Be Afraid…Be Very Afraid,” “Four-Eyed Blonde,” “On Her Soapbox” and “Having A Girls’ Night Out” – were certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.

   She’s also written seven books, including three for children, and performed on numerous national television programs. Pierce is a popular performer at the Rev. Billy Graham’s conferences, is the most requested guest entertainer at the national Women of Faith Conference, and has appeared at the Grand Old Opry more than a dozen times.

   Reservations are now being accepted. Tickets will be available Sept. 1 at Carolyn's Hallmark, Niswonger Performing Arts Center, James-Ben's Studio and Gallery, and the Forget-Me-Not Gift Shoppe at Takoma Hospital.

   Tickets are $35 for general admission. VIP tickets are $100 and include preferred seating and admission to a reception with Pierce after the concert. For groups of 10 or more people, tickets are $25 for general admission and $90 for VIP.

   Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Greeneville-Greene County Emergency Medical Services Substation Project.

   Ground has been broken on the project to renovate the former medical office building of Drs. Robert Bridges and Frederick Myers, near the corner of the Asheville Highway and Coolidge Street, and to add a three-bay ambulance garage.

   When construction is completed, the new substation will serve residents in south Greene County, those who live along the Asheville and Newport Highways, and those who live downtown Greeneville, Riley said. “These residents are currently served by a substation on Depot Street or in Mosheim,” Riley noted. “There’s also a nearby railroad track that often slows the EMS down. This prime location will definitely decrease response time and therefore save lives in this area.”

   The substation is scheduled to open in the early fall.