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ATLANTIC CITY — The Rhythm and Blues Preservation Society will hold its inaugural Founder’s Gala and Toy Drive on Friday, Dec. 8, from 6-8 p.m. at the All War Memorial Building, 1510 Adriatic Avenue.
Tickets are $50 with an unwrapped boy or girl toy. The organization said the event is its way to give back to the Greater Atlantic City area for its love and support over the past five years.
“Perry Thompson, the executive director and founder of the Rhythm and Blues Preservation Society, along with Rev. Dr. Sonja Elise Freeman ‘Queen Diva,’ Artist-in-Residence and vice president of marketing and communications, together have been working to preserve Black music culture one record at a time,” the organization said.
The society has formulated and shared its national and international library curations, coordinated college classroom tours, and produced live tribute performances.
It said the organization has also collaborated with Ivy League schools with music panels, strategized with national music education organizations to help build music education more adaptively for all genres to be included in college and university curriculums, and spearheaded African American music studies to be offered as a degree program by 2030 in America.
Bronze sponsors include the New Jersey Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) and Divine Voices Media of Houston. The event’s Supporter sponsor is Glenn Insurance. Wawa Community Care serves as a product sponsor.
Special donors include Dr. Deborah Confredo, president of the National Association for Music Education/Chair of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Music Teacher Profession Initiative; and Illsy J. Hoo Connelly, CEO of Accomplished Women LLC, executive director for Miss America Pageant.
About the Rhythm and Blues Preservation Society: The Rhythm and Blues Preservation Society is a 501(c)3 nonprofit music society based in Atlantic City founded in 2018 by Perry Thompson. Its mission is to preserve Black music culture one record at a time by spearheading a movement to create African American Music Studies degree programs in colleges and universities in the United States and worldwide by 2030. For more information about our programs or to support us email us at email@example.com or call 609-727-1744.
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