Friday, September 27
Furious Flower Benefit Gala
7:00 PM | The Grand Hyatt Washington
1000 H St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
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Join our honorary hosts Rita Dove, Nikki Giovanni, A. Van Jordan, Gregory Pardlo, Sonia Sanchez and Tracy K. Smith for a night 25 years in the making! This Benefit Gala will raise funds to support the endowment of the Furious Flower Poetry Center, ensuring its longevity and ability to continue serving students, educators and poets everywhere.
MacArthur Genius Awardee Terrance Hayes will preside over this very special event that will feature poetry readings by the first National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman and three U.S. Poets Laureate (Rita Dove, Natasha Trethewey and Tracy K. Smith). Entertainment will be provided by the chart-topping music ensemble Ranky Tanky!
Dinner Included | Attire: Formal; Black Tie Optional
Gala guests will be automatically added to the Furious Flower registration list for entry into the museum on that Saturday, September 28. Therefore, you do not need to register for that separately.
Ticket sales have ended, but if you reserved a ticket and still need to submit payment, please CLICK HERE to download and complete the order form. Print it out and return it with a check or money order made payable to the JMU Foundation (include "Furious Flower Benefit Gala" in the memo line). Mail to:
1320 S. Main Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
Furious Flower Poetry Center is a program of James Madison University. The James Madison University Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, EIN 23-7156305. It acts as the depository for contributions supporting the various programs of James Madison University.
About Ranky Tanky
Ranky Tanky released its debut album in 2017, which quickly soared to No. 1 on the Billboard, iTunes and Amazon Jazz charts. The acclaimed quintet from South Carolina will bring to life the soulful songs of the Gullah culture—spirituals, dance music, and children’s rhymes—by mixing Lowcountry traditions with large doses of jazz, gospel, funk, and R&B. The Gullah are descendants of enslaved Africans who live in the Lowcountry region of South Carolina and Georgia. Gullah comes from West African language and means “a people blessed by God.” Ranky Tanky is a Gullah expression that translates loosely as “work it” or “get funky.” Charlton Singleton (trumpet), Clay Ross (guitar), Kevin Hamilton (bass) and Quentin Baxter (drummer) join vocalist Quiana Parler of American Idol success to perform a memorable concert with music that is a testament to the human spirit! www.rankytanky.com