2015 Funk Fest to Announce Star-Studded Line Up for Columbia Concert and Partnerships with Benedict College & The Columbia Urban League
Successful R&B & Soul Concert Series To Visit Columbia For the First Time and Aims To Teach Local Youth About the Business of Entertainment
Funk Fest Concerts will kick-off its inaugural visit to Charles W. Johnson Stadium at Benedict College in Columbia with the announcement of an all-star line-up of current and legendary R&B, Hip Hop and Soul artists, and its partnerships with local entities that will positively impact the community. The Funk Fest is a unique entertainment property that will demonstrate the viability and versatility of Benedict College by hosting an estimated 7,000 patrons from the region for a live concert event that will include: performances by national talent, participation by global brands and contribution to the local economy with staffing and vending opportunities specifically for Columbia-based businesses.
In 2015, Funk Fest, its community partner Lifting As We Climb and presenting sponsor, Pepsi, will contribute $50,000 in scholarships and support for local programs across all nine concert cities. Community efforts in Columbia will involve Benedict College, Pepsi and the Columbia Urban League and will include a unique 'edutainment' session for local youth featuring successful professionals from the entertainment industry that will provide insight about various careers in the industry with Funk Fest as a case study example. Parents of youth participants in attendance will have the opportunity to win complimentary tickets to the concert, which is scheduled for Saturday, June 13, 2015.
Mayor Stephen Benjamin – City of Columbia
Dr. David Holmes Swinton – President, Benedict College
Dr. James T. McLawhorn, Jr. - President, Columbia Urban League
Sean Bishop – Market Director, South Carolina, PepsiCo
Leo Bennett – CEO, Variety Entertainment/Board Member, Lifting As We Climb
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
Charles W. Johnson Stadium President's Box
2047 Two Notch Road, Columbia, SC 29204
For more than 20 years, the Funk Fest has attracted music enthusiasts from across the globe who enjoy partying with a purpose while celebrating the rich cultural heritage of different musical genres. Over 100,000 patrons attend annually to be entertained by today's hottest artists and musical legends alike. The festival began in Mobile, AL and has since grown to tour to cities across the southeast including Atlanta, Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville, Charlotte and many others. Previous Funk Fest artists have included: Charlie Wilson, R. Kelly, Outkast, Betty Wright, Jill Scott, and more.
Media Contacts To RSVP To Attend:
Funk Fest/Variety Entertainment
Cell: (404) 313-7602 firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Vice President for Marketing & Communications
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Tuesday, April 7th
Meet-the Candidates Symposium
Campus Center Ballroom
Rising Sophomores @ 5:00 p.m.
Rising Juniors @ 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 8th
Meet-the Candidates Symposium
Mr. and Miss Benedict College Pageant
6:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. - HRC Arena
Admission: Free - Attire: Business Casual
(NO Jeans, Athletic Gear, Shorts or Sneakers
(Dress Code Strictly Enforced)
Thursday, April 9h
SGA and Classes Election
Campus Center Ballroom
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Validated ID Required
Show - 7:00 p.m.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
BC Student w/ ID: FREE
General Admission: $5:00
Attire: Business Casual
Friday, April 10th
TigerFest Fashion Show "Rip the Runway"
BC Library - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 11th
Spring Open House and
High School Visitation
HRC Arena - 10:00 a.m.
Spring Football Game
Charlie Johnson Stadium - 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 12th
Antisdel Chapel - 11:00 a.m.
Monday, April 13th
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 14th
You Got Served Dance Competition
Gym - 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 15th
Mardi Gras/Tiger Fest Cookout
Oak Street - 4:00 p.m.
Campus Center Ballrooms - 7:00 p.m.
BC Student w/ ID: $2.00
General Admission: $5:00
Thursday, April 16th
Friday, April 17th
Activity Field Area
Saturday, April 18th
Service Learning "PLUS Day"
Campus Center - 7:00 a.m.
Sunday, April 19th
The National Pan-Hellenic Council at Benedict College
And The National Pan-Hellenic Council at Columbia, SC
Campus Center - 3:00 p.m.
All Campus and Community Greeks and Public Invited
Event – Recognizing Dr. and Mrs. David H. Swinton
Sponsored by SGA 2014-15 & Office of Student Activities
VOTE FOR BENEDICT COLLEGE IN THE HOME DEPOT
'RETOOL YOUR SCHOOL' CONTEST
Columbia, SC -- March 17, 2015 -- Benedict College has the opportunity to compete in the Home Depot 2015 "Retool Your School" competition which awards grants to historically black colleges and universities. Part of the process in determining the winning school is an online vote. Benedict faculty, staff, and students, along with family and friends, can be a major factor in Benedict winning $50,000 by voting between now and April 20, 2015.
RETOOL YOUR SCHOOL is a campus improvement grant program created by Home Depot that is designed to help HBCUs make enduring improvements to their campuses and facilities. This year, the Retool Your School Grant Program will award a total of $255,000 in grants to nine accredited HBCUs in $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000 grant denominations. Based on student enrollment, schools will be categorized into one of three clusters -- schools with 4,000 students or more, schools with between 3,999 and 1,201 students, or schools with less than 1,200 students. Winners will be announced Saturday, May 12, 2015.
Benedict College will face stiff competition from finalist schools in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, US Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia. Therefore, Benedict College alumni, friends and family should log on and vote at www.retoolyourschool.com to ensure that the TIGERS bring home the grand prize. Please remember every Tweet, Instagram and Facebook post received featuring #Benedict_RYS15 will act as social media activity. This activity counts toward Benedict College social media activity for final judging.
Benedict College campus improvement projects include building a gateway to the new state-of-the-art cafeteria with pavers, landscaping, and lighting.
Benedict students, faculty, staff, friends and supporters are encouraged to vote once a day on every webaccessible device they have, including desktop computers, laptops, tablets and smart phones. Please visit retoolyourschool.com to vote for Benedict College. It takes less than a minute to complete the process. So please encourage your family and friends to vote. Your cooperation will be greatly appreciated.
Kymm Hunter, Assistant Vice President for Communications and Marketing; 803.705.4519 firstname.lastname@example.org
Carolyn Wigfall, Communications and Marketing Manager; 803.705.4366 email@example.com
Benedict College family is honored to be the host site for President Barack Obama's first visit to South Carolina since his election. Given the high level of interest expressed regarding opportunities to be a part of this historic occasion, we are pleased to share the following information:
Where: Benjamin E. Mays Human Resource Arena
When: Friday, March 6, 2015
Who: Only invited, ticketed guests will be permitted entry into the venue. Students with leadership roles on campus will receive priority consideration.
(WIS-TV LIVE STREAMING)
Benedict College students, faculty, and staff who do not receive an invitation and wish to view the live stream of resident Obama's address may obtain tickets for a special viewing in Antisdel Chapel. Tickets will be available on a first come, first served basis on Thursday, March 5th in Antisdel Chapel between 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. (Purple tickets).
We thank you in advance for your patience during this momentous occasion!
Benedict College Gospel Choir Presents
An Evening of Gospel Featuring
Dr. Bobby Jones, Ricky Dillard, David Bratton and the BCGC Legends
Columbia, SC --- January 12, 2015 --- The Benedict College Gospel Choir will present "An Evening of Gospel featuring Dr. Bobby Jones, Ricky Dillard, David Bratton, and the BCGC Legends". The event is set for 5 p.m., Sunday, January 25, 2015, in the David H. Swinton Campus Center Ballroom, 1616 Oak Street, Columbia, SC. Doors will open at 4:00 p.m. It will be held in honor of Dr. David H. Swinton for his 20 years of dedicated service to Benedict College. In addition, eight former Benedict College Gospel Choir (BCGC) members will perform including Regina Skeeters '02, Kevin Staley '99, Cedrick James '04, Chinae' Newton '04, Wendy Mitchell '03, Ma'neasha Lake '00, Christian Walker '10, and Briana Bratton '10.
The event will be an amazing evening of powerful music that will lift the spirits and move the souls of gospel music lovers young and old. During the event, a special musical tribute will be given by Dr. Bobby Jones in honor of Dr. David H. Swinton. Additional selections on the program include the Benedict Gospel Choir Say the Word CD, Bobby Jones CD, and David Bratton's Hit, Every Praise.
Tickets are currently on sale at $45 for VIP tickets (limited amount) which includes reception and meet the artists, $25 per person in advance, $30 at the door, and $10 for College Students w/valid ID.
Tickets can be purchased at the following locations: The Benedict College Bookstore, 705-4813 and online at www.eventbrite.com.
Dr. Bobby Jones is Mr. Gospel himself, credited with taking Gospel Music to mainstream airwaves via cable television. Dr. Jones has been a mainstay and creative force behind the country's most unique and original musical genre. Bobby Jones Gospel, for which he is best known as host and executive producer, has been seen on BET since November 1980 and is one of the network's most popular shows. Jones, along with the New Life Singing Aggregation and The Nashville Super Choir, performs all styles of gospel music and welcomes an array of gospel artists. The Bobby Jones Gospel Radio Show and The Bobby Jones Gospel Countdown, air on The Sheridan Radio Network; both have become a favorite of Gospel Music lovers from coast to coast.
Dr. Jones has revolutionized the gospel music industry. Bobby Jones Gospel is the first and only nationally network televised black gospel television show and Video Gospel, which debuted in 1989, is the only nationally network television outlet gospel artists have to showcase their videos. Born in Henry County, Tenn., Jones always dreamt of a career in music. He excelled academically throughout school, graduating from high school at 15 and Tennessee State University at 19 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education. Jones continued his education by pursuing a master's degree at Tennessee State and a doctorate from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee. Jones taught elementary students in the Missouri and Tennessee educational systems.
Gospel singer Ricky Dillard was born and raised Chicago, where he inherited a love for gospel music from his mother and grandmother, and began singing in a church choir at an early age. Dillard soon began directing the youth choir in his church (starting at the age of five), and later the young adult choirs. It was around this time that Dillard came across two specific recordings that would inspire him to pursue gospel singing even more zealously -- James Cleveland and Aretha Franklin's "Amazing Grace" with the Southern California Community Choir and the Institutional Radio Choir from Brooklyn, NY. Shortly thereafter, Dillard drew inspiration from other gospel performers as well, including Dr. Charles G. Hayes, Marvin Yancy, Thomas Whitfield, Darryl Coley, Biddy Cummings, Pastor Albert James, and the Tribal Mass Choir. Dillard continued to direct choirs locally, was a member of the Thompson Community Singers, and starting in the early '90s, began issuing solo albums (which often merged gospel with dance), including such releases as 1991's Promise, 1993's A Holy Ghost Take Over, 1995's Hallelujah, 1996's Worked It Out, and 2000's No Limit.
David Bratton, recent recipient of the 2014 Dove Award for "Urban Contemporary Song of the Year" for his hit gospel song "Every Praise", is not just a minister, songwriter/singer, producer, and musician, he is also a Benedict alumnus.
Recorded by Bishop Hezekiah Walker, "Every Praise" spent a year on the Billboard Top Gospel Airplay chart (with over 26 weeks at #1). The hit song has been translated into 15 different languages and is sung during worship in over 30 countries. On October 25, 2014, Bratton gathered a 200 voice choir and a host of worshippers for "Every Praise Live," a Worship Movement Experience and recording session at York College, Jamaica, New York.
John David Bratton (his full name) graduated from Benedict College in 1986 with a degree in Business Administration. During his four-year scholastic journey, Bratton was fully involved in academics, but he reserved time out for extracurricular pursuits. He joined the Benedict College Gospel Choir, later becoming one of the directors; and you might say the rest is history.
Bratton mentored for two years as one of the Musical assistants to the Minister of Music at The Brooklyn Tabernacle of New York, winners of six Grammy Awards, where Jim Cymbala is the Pastor and Carol Cymbala is the Minister of Music. He was blessed with a great opportunity to be a blessing to the Kingdom of God in a different part of the vineyard. Bratton is writing a book, which will be aptly entitled "How to be a Master Ministry Musician". He is also the music coordinator for the CCFM Conference of Churches, working closely with the founder, Bishop Michael Blue of Marion SC. He is also the co-founder, along with his wife Valena, of "God's Blueprint for Life Ministry," a mentoring experience for psalmists, spoken word, liturgical dance ministry, and the Arts.
For additional information, please call (803) 705-4519 or (803) 705-4366.