The Greater Enrichment Program (GEP) will hold its 35th Anniversary Luncheon on Wednesday, October 20, at noon at the Crowne Plaza in Center City Charlotte.

Johnson C. Smith University President Ronald Carter will be the keynote speaker.

GEP, an after school program for area at-risk children, began in 1975 as Gethsemane Enrichment Program in the basement of the Rev. George Battle’s Gethsemane AME Zion Church off Beatties Ford Road. It now operates out of four Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and two community sites.

GEP has helped improve test scores and touched the lives of almost 400 local school children in the past year.

Luncheon table sponsorships are available at a variety of levels and single tickets are $50 each. All are available by contacting GEP board member, Nancy Murray at 704.366.8333 or

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