Gospel Superstar Earnest Pugh Launches Non-Profit Organization (Veterans Emergency Relief) at 50th Birthday Bash and Raises Over $40,000
Washington, D.C. - Earnest Pugh, a chart-topping gospel artist known for the
Billboard No. 1 gospel radio chart smashes “Rain On Us” and “I Need Your Glory”
celebrated his 50th birthday with a star-studded event that has launched Veterans
Emergency Relief (VER), a nonprofit organization founded to empower women and to
address the unique challenges that female veterans face when transitioning to
In preparing to launch VER, Pugh and his team discovered that after leaving combat
duty, women are disproportionately displaced with homelessness and joblessness at
alarming rates and require greater support for themselves and their families.
“Gospel music touches people right where they are in life,” Pugh adds. "As a veteran
myself, I wanted to touch these heroes in a tangible way and show them how grateful
we truly are for their service.”
Over 100 people attended the ribbon cutting ceremony and launch of VER, including
local political officials and members from three branches of the military: The Army,
The Marines and The Navy. Several veterans and activity duty military personnel
attended and were interviewed by the press which discussed the critical housing and
reorientation needs that women encounter after leaving combat situations.
Both the launch for VER and birthday gala became an organic fundraising effort for
veterans relief, resulting in friends and family of Pugh and all attendees being
compelled to donate to the cause. Among the leading donors was Pugh, who presented a
check for $25, 000. "I am grateful to God that these funds will make life easier for
some less fortunate veterans out there. I wanted to be among the first to give
toward this effort,” Pugh remarked. Well over $40,000 was raised for the
organization that evening.
Nearly 200 guests gathered for the launch of VER and the birthday celebration, which
featured crowd-lifting musical performances from leading gospel artists such as
LeJune Thompson, Phillip Bryant, Brittney Wright, Ruth La'Ontra Jones, Jeremiah
Hicks, Pastor John Paul McGee and “BET’s Sunday Best” finalist Clifton Ross III.
Also in attendance were numerous gospel music industry executives such as Mike
Chandler (President/CEO of REJOICE Musical Soul Food Radio Network), Cheryl Jackson
(Radio One), Darlene McCoy (host of the syndicated radio program “The Nightly
Spirit”), April Chandler (HBK Media), Benita Bellamy (The Bellamy Group); Keith
Williams (co-CEO of EPM Music Group) and James Edmonds (Arsis Entertainment).
While Dr. Pugh was celebrated and received gifts and citations from attendees, his
focus remained on VER and the philanthropic work that the organization seeks to
accomplish. “This second part of my life is all about giving back and making a
long-lasting difference in the lives of veterans who have given so much by
courageously defending our country,” he says. "I want my impact to go beyond the
stage. When the music stops and the band goes home, I don’t want there to be any
question on how I have used my life to impact the hearts and souls of generations.
Music is only one way of accomplishing that task; VER is another.”
About the foundation: Veterans Emergency Relief addresses privation issues such as
food, shelter and clothing for women combat soldiers in particular and veterans in
general across the USA. For more information, please visit