The daughter of legendary singer Ray Charles will headline the May 3 Minnesota Teen Challenge banquet. Sheila Raye Charles will speak about her life and perform with the choir and also sing a medley of gospel songs.
The banquet, to support the Central Campus of Teen Challenge in Brainerd, will be held at Cragun’s Resort. Tables of eight are available, as are individual tickets. A silent auction will also be part of the festivities.
Sheila Raye founded the One Way Up Prison Ministry in 2007, and speaks and sings at prisons, churches and other venues. Her ministry shares her hope and love to the hopeless and provides resources for inmates re-entering society.
She was one of 12 children of the legendary singer, and moved often – too often for a young child -- with her mother. With minimal attention, she ran away from home at age 15, and entered a life of drugs, violence and sexual abuse. She was addicted to cocaine for 15 years and served two sentences in federal prison and lost custody of her five children.
During her second stint in prison, she opened her heart to God and became a new person. Her transformation and stories of Teen Challenge graduates and current residents will be shared at the banquet. For tickets, call 218-833-8749, or register online at mntc.org/centralMNcampus.
Teen Challenge has been restoring hope to teens and adults struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. The Central Campus in Brainerd offers both shorter term intensive outpatient treatment for adult women and men and residential long-term faith-based recovery for adult men. These two distinct offerings effectively serve area individuals with a broad spectrum of addiction issues.