Edward Waters College 11th Annual Fine Arts Scholarship Benefit Concert


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Written by: Frances Bradley

And I’m Telling You, Jennifer Holliday + EWC Concert Choir + the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra = the Edward Waters College 11th Annual Fine Arts Scholarship Benefit Concert. This evening of elegance and magnificent entertainment brought to a close the Edward Waters College Homecoming Weekend activities.

The scholarship concert is held annually as a fundraising effort to benefit students at the college. The event was supported by many corporate sponsors, patrons, and advertisers including: Florida Blue, Brennan, Manna & Diamond Law Firm, Fifth Third Bank, Jacksonville Port Authority, Bethel A.M.E. Church of Tallahassee, Florida, Dr. James Ewers and Family, The Law Office of Craig Gibbs, Jacksonville Orthodontics, Atty. Kay Harper and The Harper Law Firm, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, and The Florida Star/Georgia Star Newspaper.

At the VIP reception, Ms. Holliday graciously greeted and took photos with individuals and the Concert Choir.

The program began with opening remarks from EWC alumnus and President Nathaniel Glover. It’s hard to believe that a year has passed since Mr. Glover introduced the 10th Annual concert, a day after the inaugural ceremonies which installed him as president of the college.

The Edward Waters College Concert Choir and the Jacksonville Symphony – with EWC Concert Choir Director Barbara McNeely-Bouie conducting – performed arrangements by several noted composers, among them Wolfgang, Amadeus Mozart and Richard Smallwood.

Ms. Holliday, accompanied by the Symphony and her musical director on piano, sang a medley of tunes made famous by Ella Fitzgerald (she joked that she hadn’t learned to scat like Ella), such as “A Tisket, A Tasket” and “How High the Moon”, a Richard Smallwood composition, “Psalm 8”, performed with the Concert Choir, Duke Ellington’s “Come Sunday” (a recording which won her a second Grammy), and “One Night Only” and  “I’m Changing”, tunes from Dreamgirls, the Broadway production for which she won a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical as the character Effie White. She closed the evening with her signature song from Dreamgirls, “And I’m Telling You, I’m Not Going” which garnered a Grammy Award (her first) for Best R&B Female Vocalist.

The Benefit Concert Planning Committee was:  Congresswoman Corrine Brown, Honorary Chairperson, Madeline Scales-Taylor, Chairperson, Von Alexander, Jacquie Gibbs, Jackie Gray, Eric Johnson, President, EWC National Alumni Association, Cheryl Lawson Wright, Charlene Taylor-Hill, J. Russell Richardson, and EWC staff, Wanda Willis, Assistant Vice-President, C. Blake Hacht, Coordinator for Public Relations, and Stavius Powell, Alumni Affairs Coordinator.


River Region Human Services recently celebrated its 40th year improving the quality of life in the Jacksonville community at its annual fundraiser and dinner at the Jacksonville Omni Hotel.  In addition to Duval County, the private non-profit organization provides a comprehensive array of substance abuse prevention, intervention, and treatment services for residents of Baker, Clay, Nassau, and St. John’s counties.

A few of the services provided by River Region are: the Speakers’ Bureau, which consists of staff professionals who are available to speak about Substance Abuse and Mental Health Treatment, HIV and AIDS, Intervention Services, Prevention, etc.; drug free workplace services; and River Region University, a comprehensive online learning resource for health and human services organizations.

The elegant affair also heralded incoming Chairperson of the Board of Directors, Esmin Master, who gracefully accepted the gavel of office from outgoing Chairperson, Richard Danford, Ph.D., President of the Jacksonville Urban League. The new Board of Directors was sworn in by Judge Brian J. Davis, Sr.

River Regions is supported by government contracts, grants, corporate sponsors, and individual donors. To learn more visit their website at rrhs.org.

Photos courtesy of Marietta LeBlanc, Marketing Director, River Region Human Services.


The 1971 Class of Eugene J. Butler will celebrate their 41st Reunion on October 19-20, 2012.  Events will kick off with a Meet and Greet on October 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria. The dinner-dance will be at the Clarion Hotel-Airport on October 20 at 7:00 p.m. All former students of Eugene Butler are invited. For activities, prices, and reservations contact

Rachael Butts-McGriff at (904) 534-0013.


Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. The Women of Color photographs in the October 13 edition of TALK OF THE TOWN! the work of The Florida Star/Georgia Star’s Frank M. Powell, III.




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