Plenty of jazz on the menu at fundraising breakfast

01_JerolineMcCarthy01The 13th Annual Jazz Breakfast triumphed again, giving rise to Rob’s JazzExpress rockin’ the house, and staying connected with the precious gift of love celebrating Valentine’s Day. Rob’s JazzExpress blazed a trail, diminishing none of its fire for interpreting the love songs.

The breakfast supported the cultural programs sponsored by the African American Cultural Society (AACS) and the Omni Committee staging the affair and taking in a sold-out ticket sale. A sign blasting the sold-out performance glared on the social media of Facebook and on the door of the African American Cultural Society.

Taking a moment for a photo shoot while seated at the Jazz Breakfast are Gloria and Roy Benjamin. Standing are Louis McCarthy, Randolph Speller, Ruthie Saunders, Edwina “Pat” Smith and Ronald Smith.
Taking a moment for a photo shoot while seated at the Jazz Breakfast are Gloria and Roy Benjamin. Standing are Louis McCarthy, Randolph Speller, Ruthie Saunders, Edwina “Pat” Smith and Ronald Smith.

Cultural programs funded by the revenues pulled in, and combined with the intense love of jazz, enhanced the late Bill Dabney’s brainchild of presenting a jazz breakfast. Dabney was the founding chairman of the Omni Committee.

“We were happy to attend on such a wonderful morning and fellowship with everyone. The food was delicious and the music superb, which everyone enjoyed,” said Ruthie Saunders.

“It was good,” said Ronald Smith. “As a matter of fact, the jazz ensemble was great! Good fellowship and good camaraderie.”

Eggs, grits, love songs
Rob’s JazzExpress celebrated those adored through the performance of love songs and bringing delight to “My Funny Valentine,” “One Hundred Ways,” “At Last,” and other classics.

Ron’s JazzExpress headed out on its own about eight years ago. The trio takes in Robert Whiting from the District of Columbia on guitar, Jack LaForte from New York on bass guitar and Robert Banks from Pittsburgh on drums.

150219_dt_palmcoast01bThe audience stayed in the groove, yet connected with a good breakfast of sausage, ham, eggs, grits and pancakes. The cuisine was prepared by chef J.C. Curry.

The Omni Committee, staging the breakfast that achieved the unreachable chords in song while echoing their promises and possibilities, was made up of John Reid, chairman; Lynda Baten, Jean Tanner, Sondra Henderson, Carolyn Hawkins, Joe Matthews, Shirley Hinds, Janice Williams, Erma Brooks and Alfreda Brown.

City’s photography contest underway
A release from Palm Coast Communications & Marketing Manager Cindi Lane takes in that The City of Palm Coast will hold the Find Your Florida 2015 Photography Contest through May 31. Prizes will be awarded and photographs submitted for the contest will be used by the city for marketing, promotional and public relations purposes.

The theme of the contest is ‘Find Your Florida in Palm Coast.’ Winning photos will illustrate what makes Palm Coast special. Examples of what the city is looking for include: family fun at our festivals, sports activities, cultural clubs and organizations, and on our parks and rails; active lifestyles, such as walking/running/bicycling, sports, swimming, fishing and boating; and nature, such as beautiful landscapes, wildlife and waterways. The city wants to share what’s special about Palm Coast!

First, second and third place will be awarded. Gift certificates to local businesses will be awarded in the following amounts: First prize, $200; second prize, $100; and third prize, $50. Gift certificates will be offered to a variety of businesses and winners will be able to select from the list. In addition, honorable mentions will be awarded as determined by the judges. Winning photographs will be displayed on the city’s website and at city facilities. Winning photographers will be recognized at a meeting of the Palm Coast City Council.

Photographers may submit up to 20 entries. It is free to enter. Entries must be submitted no later than midnight May 31, 2015.

Photographs submitted for the contest must be taken in the City of Palm Coast. The photographs will be used by the city for marketing, promotional and public relations purposes such as publications, videos and websites to promote the City of Palm Coast. All submissions will become the property of the City of Palm Coast.

For complete guidelines and an online entry form, visit www.palmcoastgov.com/photocontest.

For more information, contact Cindi Lane, Palm Coast Communications & Marketing Manager at 386-986-3708.

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As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted and bereaved.

Celebrations
Birthday wishes to the Rev. Gillard S. Glover, Feb. 20; Shauntice Shephard, Feb. 25.  Happy anniversary to James and Ruby Sims, Feb. 20; Roy and Gloria Benjamin, Feb. 25.

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