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LCAA Announces Twelfth Annual Evening of Entertainment January 17
12/31/2014 11:04:32 AM

(l-r) Lonnie Hamilton with his saxophone and John Tecklenburg on the piano
Back by popular demand and at a new location, the twelfth annual Low Country Aid to Africa Evening of Entertainment will be held Saturday, January 17, 2015 from 8:00-11:30p.m. The party with a purpose has moved to the ILA (International Longshoremen’s Association) Hall at 1142 Morrison Drive in downtown Charleston.

John Tecklenburg, performing on keyboards, will be joined by Lonnie Hamilton III, music pioneer and retired educator, on alto saxophone; Jamie Harris, bass; George Kenny, tenor sax; and Gerald “Cameo” Williams, drums. Returning vocalist/musician Christal Brown-Gibson will perform renditions of musical legends Etta James, Billie Holiday, Mahalia Jackson and others. She has performed for LCAA in recent years. Brown-Gibson, a native of Johns Island, was a guest performer for the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in 2014.

LCAA, a local nonprofit organization, works to make the historic connection between the lowcountry and the continent of Africa. Since 2004, LCAA has donated over $98,000 to nonprofit organizations mostly in Africa and in support of local HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment-related organizations. “Proceeds raised have been donated to Ikamva Labantu, a leading South African nonprofit organization in Cape Town, South Africa dedicated to placing adult workers in the homes with orphans and children with HIV/AIDS. Funds have also been given to the Foreign Mission Board of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. to support the S. Willie Layton Memorial Hospital for Women in Chilembse, Malawi, Central Africa and several local organizations” said The Honorable Lucille Whipper, LCAA general chair.

LCAA was initiated in 2003 by The Charleston (SC) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated to collaborate with local fraternal groups, community organizations, religious institutions and others to raise funds to combat HIV/AIDS.

Caribbean and low country cuisine will be provided compliments of locally owned restaurants and caterers. Call (843) 577-4122, ext. 111 or (843) 804-9988 for reservations and mail your tax-deductible check (or donation) to LCAA/Palmetto Project, 6296 Rivers Avenue, Suite 100, North Charleston, SC 29406. Individual tickets (at $40), sponsors or tables (at $500) are available for the concert. Tickets for individuals will be available at the door.

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