The VIPP Report: 2nd Annual Lionel Hampton Tribute Concert Showcase Benefits Lincoln Foundation’s Signature Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars Program®

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Lincoln Foundation, in partnership with Dick Sisto, Ken Clay, and Owsley Brown III, present the 2nd annual Lionel Hampton Tribute Concert Showcase.  The concert takes place Friday, August 17th at 7:30 pm at the Holy Trinity Clifton Campus Eifler Theatre (formerly the Clifton Center) located at 2117 Payne Street.

The fundraiser benefits Lincoln Foundation’s signature Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars Program®.  The ultimate goal of the college prep program is to empower students for successful graduation from high school and college.  Scholars have earned over 400 postsecondary degrees since 2000.  Lincoln Foundation has empowered disadvantaged youth to overcome adversity through education since its inception by Berea College over 100 years ago.  The mission of the organization is to provide educational enrichment programs that develop and support youth in overcoming barriers to achievement.

The Lionel Hampton Tribute Concert Showcase honors the late, great jazz musician and Louisville native Lionel Hampton.  Born on April 20, 1908, Hampton popularized the vibraphone and was renowned for being an innovator, actor, pianist, showman, and entertainer. Hampton received countless awards and honors which included being recognized for his outstanding work in music by two standing presidents.  Both President George H. W. Bush and President Bill Clinton honored the jazz icon.

Louisville’s own jazz legend, vibraphonist Dick Sisto, continues to keep Hampton’s legacy alive.  Sisto will serve as the artistic and musical director for the showcase.  A group of world-class artists will join Sisto including Jeremy Allen, double bass; Art Gore, drums; Walter Smith III, saxophone; Robert McCarther, vocals; and two-time Grammy Award winner, Kamau Kenyatta, piano.  Four of the artists are also renowned professors of jazz at some of the country’s preeminent schools of music.

The evening begins with the presentation of the prestigious Spirit of Excellence Award.  The award is annually given to a local individual who exemplifies an active commitment to education, human/community service, and leadership.  The 2018 recipients are Steve and Amy Trager.  Steve is the Chairman and CEO of Republic Bank, and Amy is a community leader and volunteer.  Past recipients include Christina Lee Brown, Laura Douglas, Ed Hamilton, Mary Gwen Wheeler, Mayor Greg Fischer, Robert & Deborah Blair and Lonnie & the late Muhammad Ali.

Tickets for the Lionel Hampton Tribute Showcase are $40 for general admission and $25 for students with a valid ID and can be purchased through www.louisvilletickets.com. Tickets are also available at Better Days Records East and Better Days Records West.

For additional information, please contact Paula Campbell at 502.585.4733 ext. 203 or Sherlene Shanklin at sshanklin@vippcommunications.com.  Visit our website at www.lincolnfdn.org.

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The VIPP Report: It’s the Evening of Jazz hosted by the Lincoln Foundation

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Lincoln Foundation invites you to attend one of the premiere jazz events in the city, the 21st Annual Evening of Jazz, Friday, August 19th at the KCD Theater, 4100 Springdale Road.  The pre-concert reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a pre-concert reception followed by the program and benefit concert at 7:00 p.m. Derrick Rose, WHAS11 Television Anchor/Reporter, will be this year’s emcee.

The featured entertainment will be The Dick Sisto/Steve Allee Quartet with Jeremy Allen and Jason Tiemann performing original music from their recent CD entitled “Earth Tones”.  The CD which has received rave reviews from Jazz Times and All About Jazz will be available for purchase with part of the proceeds benefiting the Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars Program®.

The annual fundraiser’s theme is “A Toast to Education”. The Spirit of Excellence Award will be presented to Ms. Diane Porter a community leader and retired educator. She currently serves as the Vice-Chairperson of the Jefferson County Board of Education.  Past recipients include Christina Lee Brown, Ed Hamilton, Mary Gwen Wheeler, Mayor Greg Fischer, Robert & Deborah Blair and Lonnie & the late Muhammad Ali.  The prestigious award is given annually to an individual in the community who exemplifies an active community commitment to education, human/community service, and leadership.

The Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars Program® was created in 1990 by Dr. Samuel Robinson, President Emeritus, to serve the educational needs of academically talented, socioeconomically disadvantaged youth in grades 7-12. YOUNG is an acronym for Youth Organized to Understand New Goals. The program was named for Dr. Whitney M. Young, Sr., graduate and first African American President of the Lincoln Institute, and his son Dr. Whitney M. Young, Jr., noted educator, statesman, and human rights advocate. The Scholars program serves 425 students annually preparing them for academic achievement and college graduation. Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars Program® has proven outcomes of success. Scholars annually achieve a 100% high school graduation rate and Scholars have earned 357 undergraduate and graduate college degrees since 2000. Today over 150 Scholars are enrolled at accredited colleges or universities.

Lincoln Foundation has empowered disadvantaged youth to overcome adversity through education since its inception by Berea College over 100 years ago.   The mission of Lincoln Foundation is to provide educational enrichment programs that develop and support youth in overcoming barriers to achievement.

This year’s Evening of Jazz was made possible due to the generous support of presenting sponsor LG&E and KU Energy, and other signature sponsors which include Brown-Forman, Business First, Louisville Defender, McCarthy Strategic Solutions, Stock Yards Bank & Trust and PNC Bank among others.

Tickets are available for purchase through the KCD Theater box office http://www.kcdtheater.org/.  For additional information about Lincoln Foundation or the 21st Annual Evening of Jazz, please contact Paula Campbell at 502.585.4733 ext. 203 or visit the Lincoln Foundation website at http://www.lincolnfdn.org.

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