While I sat watching television with my son the other day, a commercial came on about unfortunate children10-27-10-thirdday.gif in another country. I proceeded to pick up my cell phone and begin to text, but my son kept watching. After it was over he, clearly af-fected, asked what we should do. I almost shrugged my shoulders until I realized that he was not only serious, but he was right. We should do something. We have so much to juggle in life that sometimes we can become unintentionally desensitized to the people around us who may be in need. We tend to forget everything except the present; the car note, the electric bill, the kids’ homework. So thankfully, organizations like World Vision still exist, and are behind wonderful programming like The Make A Difference Tour 2010 to help remind us.

World Vision is an international partnership of Christians and humanitarians on a mission to help communities worldwide to reach their full potential, tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. This year they, along with leading provider of entertainment AEG, and the top source for online Christian music Hearitfirst.com, have put together a powerful concert with some of the biggest names in Christian music to further achieve that goal.

Michael W. Smith, one of the best selling and influential Contemporary Christian artist, as well as having a great deal of popularity in the mainstream market will headline the event. The winner of three Grammy awards and 33 GMA Dove awards, Smith has been called creative and poignant and celebrates 27 years of creating worship through music.

Toby Mac has blossomed to become a stellar and award-winning musician and author. Mac has been honored with four Grammy’s and was named GMA’s Dove Award artist of the year in 2008.

Atlanta based rock band Third Day will also be in attendance. Recently in-ducted into the Georgia Hall of Fame, Third Day has been entertaining audiences of millions, which has also earned them more than 20 number one singles and several awards for songwriting.

Next we come to Max Lucado, accomplished author and minister, who has inspired many Christians, and whose upcoming book Outlive Your Life: You Were Made To Make A Difference inspired the tour. Lucado feels that this is a big step toward helping others in need. “None of us can help everyone, but all of us can help someone. And when we serve others, we serve God.” Lucado not only speaks it, but is practicing that philosophy, 100 percent of the profits from his book ben-efit children and families through World Vision and other faith-based ministries.

Just added is Christian singer songwriter Jason Gray, who has released four independent records before signing with Centricity Records in 2006. He believes in finding strength in weakness, and his music emphasizes that. Named one of the Ten Outstanding Minnesotans in 2003, Gray is quickly making a name for him-self and holds his own in this concert among his peers.

Janine Lewis, marketing and promotions manager for the Crown says “The Crown Center is thrilled to be a part of World Vision’s Make A Difference Tour 2010! This event not only features best-selling author, Max Lucado, but also Christian music artists such as Third Day, Toby Mac, and Michael W. Smith. This is a great opportunity for community members to support World Vision’s efforts in helping children. Join us at the Crown Center on Saturday, Oct. 30 for the final tour performance!”

This is the first time that all four of these artist have been brought together, and Oct. 30 is the only date that this tour will be in N.C., making this perfor-mance extra special. Tickets are on sale now through the Crown Coliseum box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster.com or order by phone at 800-745-3000. V.I.P. Seating is available and in-cludes a Q&A session with the artist, light refreshments and a copy of Max Lucado’s new book, Outlive you Life.

For tickets or more info. give the Crown a call at 438-4100.

PHOTO: Third Day will be performing at the Crown on Oct. 30. 

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