Pathmark’s Gospel Choir Competition Rocks the Apollo

Local choirs compete before celebrity judges to win big prizes

HARLEM, N.Y. – July 27, 2012 – Pathmark hosted its 12th Annual Gospel Choir Competition at the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem on July 21, where six local choirs competed for a chance to win more than $10,000 in prizes. The competition celebrates the traditions and culture of the area while of the area while also thanking Pathmark customers for their support and patronage over the years.

More than 1,000 Pathmark customers and guests attended the event judged by Elizabeth Black (host of WBLS’ “Sunday Praise”), Gary Byrd (host of WBLS’ “The Gary Byrd Experience”), Daulton Anderson (host of WHCR’s “Morning Praise”), and Everton Rock (Store Manager of the Harlem Pathmark).  Byrd was impressed with the level of talent that showed up to compete.  “Pathmark’s Gospel Choir Competition was one of the best events I’ve ever seen at the Apollo,” he said.

“This was a really exciting community affair. All of the performances were so inspiring and uplifting,” said event organizer Tony DeLauro. “It shows just how strong the connection is between Pathmark and the community.”

Two choirs walked away with top honors: The East Flatbush Ecumenical Choir from Brooklyn, N.Y., and the Elim Sanctuary Choir from Rochester, N.Y., tied for Best Overall Performance, splitting $5,000 worth of prizes. The following tri-state area choirs also received prizes for their outstanding performances:

  • Best Vocal Performance ($3,000) – SIII & the Truth from East Orange, N.J.
  • Best Traditional Performance ($2,000) – Eben-Ezer Youth Fellowship Choir from Yonkers, N.Y.
  • Best Inspirational Choir ($1,000) – Bryant Richardson & G-Camp from Orange, N.J.
  • Favorite Youth Choir ($1,000) – Agape Youth Fellowship Choir from Paterson, N.J.

 “It was great to see so many loyal Pathmark customers in the audience, smiling and having a great time,” said Kevin Broe, Vice President of Center Store Merchandising for Pathmark. “We wanted to let our Harlem Pathmark customers know that we appreciate their patronage and will continue our commitment to being their store of the neighborhood.”

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