‘Motown Madness’ benefits Bunnell community center

Live from the George Washington Carver Community Center in Bunnell, the Traces of Gold Band joined forces March 25 with guitarist Eric Dangerfield for part of the “Evening of Motown Madness.”

Talented 15-year-old Dangerfield represented the youth entertainment from Matanzas High School.

The guitarist and the band came together to bring Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me,” Chuck Berry’s “Go Johnny Go,” The Four Tops’ “Can’t Help Myself,” and other favorites.

They brought Motown classics for dancing and dinner, wonderfully prepared by the Chicken Pantry in baked stuffed chicken with spinach/feta/red peppers, or chicken with sausage/cheese/red peppers, and all for a $50 ticket cost. Desserts were auctioned for the guests to bid.

Dancing to Motown were George Hanns, former Flagler County Commissioner; Nate McLaughlin, chairman, Flagler County Commissioners; Pastor Sims Jones, and an unidentified guest; Colleen Conklin, School Board member; Dr. Betty Green, vice chair, George Washington Carver Foundation; another unidentified guest, and Gertrude Hannah (partly shown). Seated are Reatha Sarden, Walter Sarden and Levern Green.

Historic landmark
It brought nothing but the best for the George Washington Carver Foundation –  a 501 (c) (3) organization – to present the fundraiser for continuous improvement of the George Washington Carver Community Center.

A gym – making up the center following renovation – was the only remnant of the George Washington Carver High School erected in 1949 as Flagler County’s only Black high school.

“In 2010, a coalition was created to save this historic landmark building and restore it as a community center.”

The George Washington Carver Foundation is made up of Barbara Revels, chair and treasurer; Dr. Betty Green, vice chair; Irwin Connelly, secretary; and Adrienne Ellison, Marvin Ellison, Pastor Daisy Henry, Marian Irvin, Pastor Sims Jones, Jerusha Logan, Cheryl Massaro, and Ralph Lightfoot.

In harmony with the efforts are the Flagler County Commissioners, the City of Bunnell, the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, and the Flagler County School Board.

Matanzas High School guitarist Eric Dangerfield banded together with the Traces of Gold Band for an “Evening of Motown Madness.’’

Life-changing programs
In a previous interview, Dr. Betty Green, who’s excited about raising funds for educational institutions, said, “We’ve been quite successful in upgrading and expanding the facility, as well as providing academic, sports and other opportunities for the residents of Bunnell, Palm Coast, and the other surrounding communities.”

The Rev. Elijah Emanuel, facility manager, is involved in the day-to-day operations of the center, and weaves in live athletic tournaments, job fairs and readiness, life skills workshops, mentoring, tutoring, and after-school programs; college admissions assistance, internet access, and the Road to Success initiative brought by program manager Brian Willard for free, GED preparation.

First Church presents Easter lineup
The Easter events for the First Church of Palm Coast have been scheduled:
•Palm Sunday, April 9, will offer services at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
•Maundy Thursday, April 13, 6 p.m., will celebrate “The Last Supper” in a sermon by the Rev. G. Vincent Lewis of Atlanta, Ga. A seder meal will follow in the educational facility of the church at Palm Harbor Academy.
•Good Friday, April 14, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m., offers the sermonic presentations by various preachers proclaiming the “Seven Last Utterances of Christ.”
•Easter Sunrise Service, Sunday, April 16, 6 a.m., will have Pastor Gillard S. Glover preaching and preaching again at the 10:30 a.m. Resurrection Sunday Celebration. The Sunrise Service will be followed by an Easter breakfast.

First Church, at 91 Old Kings Road North, Palm Coast, can be reached at 386-446-5759.

Luncheon to benefit symphony guild
Promoters are asking the use of the Hyde Park entrance for the “Rhapsody in Blue Luncheon,” making fashion good sense April 8 at the Daytona Beach Hilton, 100 North Atlantic Ave.

Guests will delight as the models sashay across the runway, making fashion statements created by “The Fruits.” “The Rhapsody in Blue Luncheon” will offer great style.

It is sponsored by the Daytona Beach Symphony Guild.

What’s also important is reserved seating, free valet parking with a voucher, subscriptions, silent/raffle auctions, a boutique and cash bar.

The ticket price is $40. Checks are payable to the Daytona Beach Symphony Guild and mailed to P.O. Box 2, Daytona Beach, FL 32115. Registration will begin 10 a.m. for the luncheon/fashion show. The telephone number is 386-265-1202.

AACS taking trip to dance show
It’s showtime and the Dance Theatre of Harlem will be performing April 25 at the Peabody Auditorium in Daytona Beach.

The season’s biggest hit also will be sponsored by the African American Cultural Society (AACS). A bus will leave the AACS at 4 p.m. and return between 10:30 and 11:30 p.m.

The AACS is located at 4422 U.S. 1 North, Palm Coast.

It will be limited seating for members at a cost of $100 per person and non-members, $110. The price for an evening with the Dance Theatre of Harlem will include transportation, gratuities, a restaurant dinner and the performance ticket.

The proceeds will benefit the cultural center and its cultural programs.

To reserve your tickets, call AACS Travel Chairman Lynda Baten at 386-586-7672.

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As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted, the prodigal son, or daughter, and the bereaved.

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