Aimee Herd (July 29, 2010)
"I just think it is so cool that thousands of people from all over the valley joined together to put on a world class event and do so much work to serve their communities."
(Albany, Oregon)—According to a report in the Albany Democrat-Herald newspaper, the Willamette Celebration—a three-day Christian event held July 23-25—drew a total of 34,000 and ended up being one of the larger happenings in Albany's history.
In addition to the record numbers—Friday night's concert with the Newsboys and Skillet drew over 13,000—there was also a great number of people coming to the Lord. The DH reports that almost 700 turned in cards of commitment to Christ, while others made verbal commitments.
The Celebration was sponsored by Mike Silva International ministries and incorporated the help of 1,309 volunteers from 161 different churches around the valley.
The event was free to the public, and culminated in an "All Valley Church Service" on Sunday morning, which was attended by some 4,000 people.
Festival manager, Bradley Burk, who grew up in Albany but now resides in West Virginia, remarked, "I just think it is so cool that thousands of people from all over the valley joined together to put on a world class event and do so much work to serve their communities. We had a ton of people take part in this, but I wish more could have experienced it. People who live in this valley should be proud."
Source: Amanda Robbins – Albany Democrat-Herald