By David Scott
Reid’s Records is presenting the first annual Charles Reid Gospel Festival Saturday, Feb. 18 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Richmond Memorial Auditorium, 403 Civic Center Plaza in Richmond.
The line up of stars includes First Lady Of Gospel Pastor Shirley Caesar, performing with The Legendary Rance Allen Group. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Charles Reid Foundation and the Mother Ann Wright Foundation.
The concert is named after Charles Roger Reid, someone who played an important role in the Richmond community and whose legacy continues through the Charles Reid Foundation
Reid, the Uncle Of David Reid, CEO of Reid’s Records, was born on Sept. 22, 1898, in Angels Camp, Calif., the second of 13 children of Thomas Henry Reid. Sr., and Virginia Parker Reid.
Charles Reid grew up in Berkeley. A gifted athlete at Berkeley High School, he ran the 100-yard dash in 10 seconds flat, played basketball and eventually became a star pitcher in 1935 for the Semi-Pro Pierce Giants Negro League in Richmond.
Reid played with Negro legends like Chick Hafey, Ernie Lombardi and Lefty Gomez. However, his true passion was helping underprivileged kids to chase their dreams.
He took the time to steer youngsters in the right direction by keeping them busy.
He organized youth basketball games, and as many as 100 Richmond youth played until midnight.
Reid, a mufti-talented athlete, was also a great umpire and organized mothers and seniors to play softball once a week for exercise and recreation. He sponsored Christmas parties, giving away bicycles, toys and gifts to low-income children of all ethnic backgrounds.
Over 60,000 young people were helped by Reid’s Charles efforts to build a healthy Richmond community. After he passed away in 1979, his family established the nonprofit Charles Reid Foundation, which sponsors summer camps and winter excursions, after school tutoring and currently is developing a scholarship fund to continue his legacy.
The Charles Reid Foundation is located at 618 South 8th S.t, 2nd Floor, in Richmond. To volunteer with the foundation call (510) 236-8520.
To purchase tickets for the concert call 877-295-5227 or (510) 843-7282 or purchase online at www.reidsrecords.com.