Hundreds of music lovers convened April 15 at Drake State Community and Technical College to help raise thousands of dollars in scholarship funds at Jazz in the Garden. The event helped celebrate the school’s 60th anniversary.
The audience was treated to a night of fantastic music and entertainment from Kayoband featuring Kelley O’Neal Keiani Taylor, Devere Pride Quintet and the Dazzlin’ Dymes Dance Team.
Drake State received a $10,000 donation for the event
Drake State received a large donation during the event that made the fundraiser even more of a success.
Jonathan Porter, chair of the Birmingham World Games Foundation, presented a $10,000 check to Drake State on behalf of the Alabama Power Foundation to support scholarships and student services.
As well, two new scholarships were announced:
- Theta Lambda Education Foundation announced the inaugural Dr. Theo Weir Scholarship. This scholarship is named in honor of a distinguished past faculty member of Drake State and dedicated member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. The scholarship will cover tuition and fees for up to two semesters annually and interested students can contact the college for information on applying.
- Drake State alum Roy Cox, owner of Trav-Ad Signs, established The Roy Cox Trav-Ad Scholarship. This $2,500 annual scholarship will cover tuition, fees, books, and supplies for students in the fields of engineering design, machine tool, welding, or electrical.
Thanking those that made the event possible
Jazz in the Garden could not have been the success it was without the volunteers and corporate and community support.
Sponsors for the event include the following:
Platinum Sponsors: Meta Platform, Inc., Blue Water Industries, Regions Bank, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Alabama, Inc., Landers McLarty Subaru – A Frank Williams Dealership, and Woody Anderson Ford Diamond Sponsors: Alabama A&M University Foundation, Bryant Bank, Nola VanPeursem Architects, Redstone Federal Credit Union, Truist Bank, AUM Foundation; and Trav-Ad Signs
Gold Sponsor: Business Interiors
Blue Eagle Sponsor: Mazda Toyota Manufacturing
Media Sponsors: WJAB 90.9 FM and Huntsville Event Magazine
Event Partners: The Masters Salon, PeopleTec, Inc., Progress Bank, Royal Funeral Home, Stanley Construction, Transcend, and Vulcan Materials Company