A Night to Remember celebrates 30 years

Posted 1/11/17

A Night to Remember is honored to be celebrating its 30th anniversary on April 8 with a night of entertainment planned. To mark this historic occasion A Night to Remember will honor Chattanooga’s …

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A Night to Remember celebrates 30 years

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A Night to Remember is honored to be celebrating its 30th anniversary on April 8 with a night of entertainment planned. To mark this historic occasion A Night to Remember will honor Chattanooga’s own The Impressions as this will be their final show in Chattanooga. The organization wants to recognize their major accomplishments in music history such as being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The night wouldn’t be complete without bringing back one of the favorite performers from previous galas, Grammy Nominated R & B singer Eddie Levert.

The show begins at 8 p.m. April 8 at the Chattanooga Convention Center. Tickets go on sale Jan. 25 at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center, Mary’s Lounge and online at www.anighttoremember.org. Ticket prices range from $35 to $100. Corporate sponsorships are available by contacting 423-463-0687. A Night to Remember is a much-anticipated annual event whose mission is to raise funds to help support urban youth organizations in Chattanooga.

The Impressions were inductees into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Vocal Group Hall of Fame. They are 1998 Grammy Hall of Fame inductees for their hit “People Get Ready” and winners of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation’s Pioneer Award.

Sam Gooden, founding member of the group and Fred Cash who joined the group in 1960 are both natives of Chattanooga. Jermaine Purifory of Cleveland will join them on stage that night.

Levert is one of the founders and lead singers of the legendary R&B group, The O’Jays. With a career that spans over 50 years, Eddie Levert has done and seen enough to write many books, one of which him and his late son Gerald have already completed (“I Got Your Back” pub. 2008). He has received numerous awards and honors over the years including being nominated four times for a Grammy Award, nominated four times for an American Music Award, inducted to the 2005 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and received the 2009 Black Entertainment Television Lifetime Achievement Award.

In 29 years, A Night to Remember has raised more than $4 million through its annual gala. The board of directors of A Night to Remember has recently been evaluating the needs of our community as it relates to the youth and meeting with many different individuals and organizations that are involved with the youth of Chattanooga and our surrounding area. We have been gathering information from the school system; cultural centers, non-profit organizations and community leaders to see how best A Night to Remember can make a difference. In doing so we have determined that there is a need for assistance with ninth-grade literacy in Hamilton County, a need for increased funding for STEM programs, as well as funding for arts and cultural programs for the youth.

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