*They didn’t make the record books yesterday, but it was still a harmonious, happy day in Plainfield.

Residents of the Queen City who gathered yesterday at City Hall to try and break the Guinness World Record for the largest gospel choir were unsuccessful, but the day was still touted as a positive step toward peace in this community, which has been rocked by more than 20 violent crimes since May raised.

Yesterday’s event drew 755 singers, about 250 people shy of the record. To help drum up interest in the event – held on the International Day of Non Violence – organizers invited Grammy Award Winning Gospel songstress Yolana Adams and American Idol season four contestant Anwar Robinson, a former Plainfield music instructor.

“We didn’t break the record, but that doesn’t mean we were not successful,” said Donovan Soumas, founder of H.E.R.I.T.A.G.E Inc and the event’s organizer. “The people here today understood that we have to come together for positive change and peace in this community.”

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