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Gospel, Grits and Gershwin Event to Benefit BTW

ALL THAT JAZZ: Booker T. Washington High School Gospel, Grits and Gershwin event co-chairs Susan Braselton and Susan Lyons stand behind event emcee Rebecca Marks-Jimerson (seated) as they get ready to “get jazzy with it.???

Courtesy Booker T. Washington High School

He’s wacky and weird. It’s that warped sense of humor that has taken Booker T. Washington High School alumnus Dan Piraro all the way to the Big Apple and to the comic pages of newspapers across America. Piraro, the creator of the comic strip “Bizarro,” will perform a comedy routine as the featured entertainment for the Gospel, Grits and Gershwin, a unique fundraising event benefiting the Booker T. Washington High School’s Foundation for Excellence, on Feb. 28, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, 111. E. First St., upper level, Tulsa.

Each year the program couples some of the school’s student talent with the headliner. Jazz Band instructor James Kirk, a mainstay at the fundraiser, will conduct the school’s jazz band for several numbers. There will also be an auction, and music from The Funky Ds, BTW’s high stepping drum corps as they lead guests into the great hall for the morning’s brunch. Funds raised are used to uphold the school’s exemplary academic environment including items ranging from power strips for the Computer Lab to science lab equipment, from books to printers, and from copiers to classroom materials for expanded curriculum.

Tickets are $35 before Feb. 14, after Feb. 14, $45. Tickets must be reserved by Feb. 24. Reservations may be made by mailing a check payable to the Booker T. Washington Foundation, P.O. Box 52663, Tulsa, OK, 74152-0663. For more information on tickets or reservations, contact Jaimole Rhoads at 747-7186.

Updated 01-28-2009

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