Inaugural Gullah Gala planned

The Gullah Cultural Alliance, which sponsors the annual Gullah Festival and other historical and cultural projects, will hold an Inaugural Gala Celebration Monday, January 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, Beaufort. The black-tie event coincides with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and with President Barack Obama’s inauguration ceremonies. In addition to wide-screen viewing of celebrations in Washington, D.C., there will be heavy hors d’ oeuvres, live entertainment by members of the Savannah Jazz Hall of Fame, Anita Prather, Scott Gibbs and other performers. Organizers will also present awards for community leadership to deserving citizens. Ticket prices range from $55 to $65 per person. Tables of 10 are available at a discounted group rate. Tickets for the gala may be purchased by contacting the Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce at (843) 986-1102 or www.bcbcc.org , The Beaufort Visitor’s Center, Andy’s Secrets, or the Gullah Festival organization at (843) 525-0628 or www.gullahfestival.net.

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