On Sunday, September 25th, 2011 the Branson Gospel Singer/Songwriter Association held their 9th Annual Awards Ceremony at Chateau On The Lake in Branson, Missouri.
Approximately 150 people from 12 states across the country gathered together to recognize achievement and promote their work in gospel music to a larger audience.
Comedian Jim Barber from the Hamner Barber Variety Show was invited to present an award to the “Young Artist of the Year,” Heather Martin. Runners up were Keely Jarrett and Lucas Cilliberti. Jim brought along his funny “Baby” character who ad-libbed some comical one-liners with various members of the audience including Nationally known gospel music performers Randy Brooks, Barbara Fairchild and Randy Plummer.
Later during the event, Randy Plummer surprised Jim Barber by presenting the Ozark Spirit Award to both he and Dave Hamner for their efforts in providing wholesome family entertainment and for being an example to others in their continual efforts to give back and serve the community through various means.
Tonight is a very special night for the Ozark Spirit Award. It’s winner is usually one person but tonight it goes to more than one. (Then Randy read a list of Hamner and Barber accomplishments.) The winners tonight are a big blessing to the Branson area spreading great entertainment and ministry to thousands of tourists. It is with great pleasure to announce the 2011 Ozark Spirit Award winners, from the Hamner Barber Theater… my special friends Dave Hamner and Jim Barber!
– Randy Plummer
Jim Barber accepted the award on behalf of both he and The Hamner’s who were not able to attend the awards banquet due to their participation in a fundraiser benefit show that same evening. A follow up appreciation note from the performers is printed below.
We sincerely appreciate this recognition from the Branson Gospel Singer Songwriter Association and we wish to thank DK and Sherrie Brewster, Randy Plummer and all of the members if the organization for presenting us with this beautiful award. In recognition on your purpose statement, we will display it proudly in our theater lobby as a reminder to “let our light shine before men, that they may see our good works and glorify our Father in Heaven.”
Thank you! – Jim Barber & Dave Hamner
Many singer/songwriter awards were presented during the evening in various categories to the members of the association including the special honor awards presented to Hamner and Barber, Roy and Barbara (Fairchild) Morris, Ronnie Page, Karen Berka, and Randy Brooks who was the recipient of the prized Lifetime Achievement Award for his work with the Brooks Brothers Duet and his dedication for playing the role of Jesus in the musical The Promise for so many years around the world. Entertainment before the event featured saxophonist Gary Dooms and a surprise guest appearance by Branson entertainer Terry Sanders as Joan Rivers provided more laughs.
For more information on D.K. and Sherrie Brewster and The Best Is Yet To Come Ministries who produced the event, visit their website YetToComeProductions.com.