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Benefit concert planned for founder of black-themed Tampa bookstore

TAMPA — More people are rushing to the aid of the woman who gave Tampa its first black-themed bookstore.

Felecia Wintons-Taylor, the founder of the now closed Books for Thought bookstore and a key player behind the annual Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival, has been at Brandon Regional Hospital since Jan. 12 battling breast cancer.

She has no health insurance.

Last month, relatives, friends and members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority established a Washington Mutual Bank account to defray her medical costs.

Now, a local musician and friend wants to do his part by organizing a benefit concert for Wintons-Taylor.

On Feb. 28, Carlton Burgess and other gospel artists will lift their voices in song and testimony.

Burgess, founder of the Burgess Music Group Inc., said he hopes to raise $5,000. Though the concert is free, Burgess hopes people will donate money they would have spent on a ticket toward Wintons-Taylor's medical bills.

The benefit will begin at 6 p.m. at the Cathedral of Faith Church, 6304 30th St., Tampa.

Times Staff Writer

Benefit concert planned for founder of black-themed Tampa bookstore 02/19/09 [Last modified: Thursday, February 19, 2009 3:30am]
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