Special to Iredell Free News

Speak Life and Live will host a New Year’s Eve Bash with N-Spire on December 31 at the Statesville Civic Center.

The doors will open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m. The Civic Center is located at 300 S. Center Street.

Leslie Morrison and Saira Estrada, co-executive directors of Speak Life and Live, said guests can expect a night of fun, food, and fundraising.

The event will include live performances from N-SPIRE. N-SPIRE member Freddie Morrison performed professionally for many years as the bass guitarist for the Reggie Saddler Revue and Beach Music Hall of Fame group Janice. Other members of N-SPIRE include the electrifying Nickey Mott, lead vocalist; Brandon Carr, drums; India McWhorter, tenor saxophone and vocals; Linda Chambers, alto saxophone and vocals; Kelvin Murray, keyboards; and Duane Smith, keyboards and vocals.

All proceeds will go to benefit Speak Life and Live’s Mentoring program.

Growing Empowering Mentoring for Success is a student mentor program that promotes academic success. The program provides tailored socio-academic mentoring for struggling students and a field trip session. This approach helps students improve their attendance, academics, and attitude toward school. Not only does the program benefit our students, but keeping these youth engaged in school also enhances our community.

The program serves more than 250 students in Iredell County. In three months alone, participating students increased school attendance by of 59% and literacy levels by 14%. This is primarily due to the mentor/tutor relationship with our staff, composed of retired teachers and college students. 


VIP Tickets are $65, and general admission tickets are $50 per person and will include dinner (vegan options available). To purchase New Years’ Eve Tickets on Eventbrite, visit www.SpeakLifeandLive.org.