The 9th Annual Ruby Canida Banquet was held Friday, January 31, at the Galilee Baptist Church located on High Street where the Reverend J.B. Dunlap serves as the pastor. The banquet dubbed “Am I My Brother’s Keeper” is a fund raiser for the Community Out-Reach Mission-CORM, located at 1014-1016 Young Street.
CORM is a non-profit, charitable organization that was established in 1986. It serves local indigents. For example, CORM assists locals with utilities, clothing and food on need basis.
Various denominations, businesses and individuals purchased tables and tickets for this annual banquet. Love and concern for indigents donned the evening. Moreover, the event served as a foretaste of Heaven where Christians joyfully work together to the glory of the omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent God. Reverend Harvel Davis, owner of Bel’s Diner catered the event. Dr. Troy Simmons, a local dentist, and associate minister at Red Oak Baptist Church keynoted the event. He challenged his audience to understand, how they are accountable to God for their choices in life. According to Simmons, as Christians, they are their brother’s keeper hence, they are responsible for assisting indigents.
Furthermore, Banquet Chairman Reverend J.D. Palmer, buttressed Simmons points by reminding the audience of Mrs. Ruby Canida. Canida, pioneered the work of CORM. “It was her passion to help others that started CORM,” he said. “We are here to honor Mrs. Ruby Canida and help others as God has helped us.” In addition, volunteers who serve at CORM were honored.
CORM continues to increase its service to the community. In 2013, CORM served approximately1100 people through the contribution of local churches, businesses and individuals in the greater Longview community area.
Bishop Robert Evans is the Board President at CORM. Longview Area Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance sponsors CORM under the direction of President Reverend Lewis Thompson, Jr.