LaDonna Gatlin bringing “The Song in You” to Mineola Museum fundraiser

The baby sister of the Gatlin Brothers, LaDonna Gatlin, chose to "sing a different song" from her famous brothers and will bring her inspirational story to Mineola on Saturday, Aug. 18.

Gatlin will present "The Song in You" during a fundraising luncheon at the Mineola Civic Center. Doors will open at 11 a.m. and the event goes through 2 p.m. Admission will be $35 and can be paid by mailing checks to the Mineola Historical Museum, c/o Sharon Chamblee, 114 N. Pacific Street, Mineola, Texas 75773.   Tickets may also be purchased with credit cards by visiting Mineola City Hall at 300 Greenville Highway, Mineola.  Sponsors are ETAS, Galyean Homes, Walmart, Wood County National Bank, Texas Farm Bureau and The Manor.

Gatlin was reared onstage performing with the legendary singing group that was her brothers. But in the mid-1970s, she decided to follow her heart and took a different path.

She has written and recorded her own original songs and sung on both Grammy Award-winning and Dove Award-winning records. She is author of "The Song in You: Finding Your Voice, Redefining Your Life," and is a contributing writer for the best-selling book series, "Chicken Soup for the Soul." Gatlin holds the Council of Peers Award for Excellence Speaker Hall of Fame honor and is described as inspirational, motivational and sensational as she drives her listeners to be the very best they can be.

Gatlin has spoken for the Texas Southern Baptist Convention, Auburn University, John Deer and American Farm Bureau, among others.

The luncheon will be catered by the civic center and tickets must be purchased by Aug. 8th. Seating is limited. Tickets for chances to win gift baskets created by Museum Board members can be purchased for $2. The basket themes will include be a spa package, a gardening basket and dog kennel and grooming basket and more.

The Mineola Historical Museum is located at 114 N. Pacific Street in what was the town's former post office. The museum features approximately 35 exhibits and is open Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and by appointment. For further information, call Chamblee at 903-520-9795.