Auntie Karen Legends of...2023: A Tribute To Al Jarreau (K.Whalum, R. Belle, C.Walker, B. James)

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Auntie Karen Legends of...Artists

2004 - Roberta Flack 2005 - Dianne Reeves 2006 - Al Jarreau 2007 - Patti Austin 2008 - Joe Sample & Take 6 2009 - George Duke & Rachelle Ferrell. 2010 - Ashford & Simpson 2011 - Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds 2014 - “A Tribute To George Duke” featuring Kirk Whalum, Lalah Hathaway & Jonathan Butler 2012 - Patti Austin & Ramsey Lewis 2013 - Gladys Knight 2015 - Chaka Khan 2016 - Al Jarreau with The SC Philharmonic Orchestra 2018 - “A Tribute To Prince” featuring Sheila E & Morris Day and The Time 2019 - The Isley Brothers 2020 - Stephanie Mills & Peabo Bryson 2021 - Vanessa Williams with The Colour of Music Orchestra 2022 - Jeffrey Osborne & Lalah Hathaway 2023 "A Tribute To Al Jarreau" featuring Kirk Whalum, Regina Belle, Chris Walker & Bob James


The Auntie Karen Foundation welcomes you to our nineteenth annual Legends Of...Concert Series. In 2004, our inaugural event featured Roberta Flack in concert with special guest, The Capi-tal City Chorale. In 2005, we presented Jazz Legend, Dianne Reeves with spe-cial guest, The Auntie Karen All Stars, South Carolina’s Finest Musical Talent. Patrons are still raving about Al Jarreau (2006) and Patti Austin (2007). In 2008, we welcomed The Joe Sample Trio and Take 6. While in 2009, we showcased funk Legend, George Duke and jazz vocal-ist, Rachelle Ferrell. 2010 brought us the singer/songwriter duo, Ashford & Simpson, while in 2011 we showcased 10 time Grammy Award winner, singer,songwriter, producer, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds. 2012 we welcomed two Grammy Award winning Legends: Ramsey Lewis, pianist and the return of vocalist, Patti Austin, 2013 sold out performance with Gladys Knight and in 2014 we presented “A Tribute to George Duke” featuring Kirk Whalum, Lalah Hathaway & Jonathan Butler. 2015 featured Chaka Khan; 2016 Al Jarreau with SC Philharmonic; in 2018 “A Tribute To Prince” featuring Morris Day and The Time & Sheila E; and The Isley Brothers in 2019; Peabo Bryson & Stephanie Mills (2020); Vanessa Williams with The Colour of Music Orchestra (2021); Jeffrey Osborne & Lalah Hathaway (2022) We are honored you joined us tonight, on February 24, 2023, at The Koger Center the Arts in Columbia, SC as we present the 19th Legends of...Concert Series “A Tribute To Al Jarreau" featuring Kirk Whalum, Regina Belle, Chris Walker & Bob James

The Auntie Karen Foundation created the Legends of...Concert Series to pay tribute to the contributions African American music has made to history.

The Koger Center COVID 19 Protocol will be followed.

Tonight’s performance marks the 19th Legends of...Concert.

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On the cover: Legends of... 2023

Commenorative Art. “AJ’s Heavenly View” by Raymond Burton. This image pays tribute to jazz music icon, Al Jarreau. Al Jarreau (March 12, 1940February 12, 2017) headlined The Auntie Karen Legends of...Concert twice, 2006 amd 2016. The 2023 Legends of...Concert will feature 4 musical icons paying tribute to Al Jarreau. Kirk Whalum, Regina Belle, Chris Walker and Bob James.

About Us

The Auntie Karen Foundation is a global, nonprofit, 501(c) 3 charitable corporation certified by the state of South Carolina on October 31, 2001. The foundation’s mission is to create and implement a series of replicable community outreach programs designed to empower, enlighten and educate through the arts.

Auntie Karen® Foundation

The Auntie Karen Foundation is a global, nonprofit, 501(c) 3 charitable corporation certified by the state of South Carolina on October 31, 2001. The foundation’s mission is to create and implement a series of reproducible community outreach programs designed to empower, enlighten and educate through the arts. Programs include:

Annual Young Entrepreneur’s Conference

Since 2004, this innovative conference held on the campus of Benedict College has brought together youth (ages seven to twenty two) from across the region to foster economic empowerment. Each year, ten young entrepreneurs under the age of twenty five are featured.

Auntie Karen’ s Place TV Pilot: Auntie Karen’s Place

The Auntie Karen Foundation partnered with SC ETV and Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital to produce a 30-minute DVD that uses puppets and music to provide a simple way to explain life skills such as: health, emergency preparedness, jazz music and financial literary. The Foundation received a grant from the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Columbia and SC Competitive Grants program.

Artpreneur/Technopreneur Classes

The purpose of the Artpreneur/Technopreneur classes is to “inspire a new generation of business leaders through arts and technology”. Classes include: visual art, dance, creative cooking, guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, spoken word and etiquette. The Auntie Karen Foundation’s Artpreneur pilot program started in 2003.

Hugs From Carolina

The Auntie Karen Foundation partnered with Auntie Karen Inc. and City Light Inc. to create Hugs From Carolina. Hugs From Carolina, a division of Hugs Around The World, has Olivia The Octopus spreading hugs to the survivors of Hurricane Katrina. The program was launched in Biloxi, Mississippi on October 14, 2005. Children were given an adoption kit which included: an Olivia The Octopus Hand puppet and the book “Olivia Gave A Hug Today”. Once again, Olivia and City Light Inc. joined forces with a Hugs Campaign in Saluda, SC.

Legends of...(A Salute to Black History)

The Auntie Karen Foundation pays tribute to the contributions of African Americans with the Legends of...Programs. Each year, the celebration includes: Black History Program with The Columbia Museum of Art, The Legends of...Master Class with CSAM (Center for Southern African American Music at USC) and The Legends of...Concert & Silent Auction (Koger Center)

Gordon’s Garden

The Gordon’s Garden Program was created to teach kids about healthy living habits. Gordon, an original Auntie Karen character, is an overweight, purple Jamaican Yam. The Jamaican Yams are used to teach healthy living skills to youth via music, books and DVDs. The fear that Gordon’s weight and eating habits are putting him at risk for developing diabetes was the inspiration for the garden.

Auntie Karen’s character Olivia The Octopus is an International Jazz Diva. The Hugs Around The World campaign was created to have Olivia travel the world giving hugs. To date Olivia has traveled to Brazil, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Japan, Holland, Ghana and Nigeria.

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For the 2022-23 school year, the Auntie Karen Foundation provided full-time artists and Summer Camps throughout South Carolina.

Auntie Karen artists provided arts education in areas such as Music, Dance, Visual Art, Media, and more.


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The Auntie Karen Foundation presented the 18th Legends of...Concert on Friday, February 25, 2022, at the Koger Center for the Arts in Columbia, South Carolina. The Legends of…2022 Concert featured two award winning artists Jeffrey Osborne & Lalah Hathaway.

The two-day event. featured a Youth Master Class, in partnership with Richland School District One at CA Johnson High School and the 18th Legends of...Concert. The Opening Act was The Auntie Karen All-Star Band featuring The 7-Sunday Band.

The Auntie Karen Foundation is a global, non-profit in South Carolina whose mission is to create and implement a series of reproducible community outreach programs to empower, enlighten and educate through the arts. The Legends of Concert series is the signature fundraiser for the Auntie Karen Foundation, which strives to keep the legacy of African-American music alive.

Jeffrey Osborne & Lalah Hathaway in Concert

The Auntie Karen Legends of...Master Class is a one day event in partnership with Richland County School District One and The University of South Carolina School of Music, where students from across the State have an opportunity to spend time with Grammy Award Winning Music Legends who headline the annual Auntie Karen Legends of...Concert.

In 2006, The Legends of... Master Class Series began at The University of South Carolina School of Music with Al Jarreau. Al shared his knowledge in the first Master Class with students from area middle schools, high schools and colleges. These students also attended the concert the following night. For most of the students, this was their first exposure to Al Jarreau and his music. Since then, students have had the honor of attending master classes with Patti Austin, Joe Sample, Rachelle Ferrell, Ashford & Simpson, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Ramsey Lewis, Patti Austin, Gladys Knight, Kirk Whalum, Lalah Hathaway, Jonathan Butler, Chaka Khan, Al Jarreau again in 2016, Sheila E, Morris Day & The Time, The Isley Brothers, Peabo Bryson, Stephanie Mills, Vanessa Williams and Jeffrey Osborne

Imagine playing the drums with Sheila E, jamming with Ernie Isley, scatting with Al Jarreau or listening to Ashford and Simpson share the inspiration behind many of their Motown hits. EXCITING!!! Well, students from rural communities and other districts across of the State of South Carolina have had those experiences and more at The Auntie Karen Foundation Annual Legends of…Concert and Master Class. This year’s class took place at AC Flora High School in Columbia, South Carolina on February 23, 2023.

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Pictures from Master Classes with Jeffrey Osborne, Vanessa Williams, Al Jarreau, Ramsey Lewis, Gladys Knight and Sheila E. Johnnie & Stiney Gardner Walden Devlin Thomas & Linda Bain Clark

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Opening Performance

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Introduction of “A Tribute To Al Jarreau” Show


Kirk Whalum, Regina Belle, Chris Walker & Bob James

Tonight’s performance pays tribute to Alwin “Al” Lopez Jarreau (March 12, 1940-February 12, 2017). Al was an American singer and musician. Mr. Jarreau was a trailblazer in the jazz music world, with a career spanning over five decades. He won seven Grammy Awards and is known for his unique style that fused jazz, pop, and R&B. Jarreau’s immeasurable impact on the industry continues to inspire and influence musicians to this day.

Al Jarreau was the featured performer for the 2006 and 2016 Auntie Karen Legends of...Concerts and led the inaugural Auntie Karen master class at The University of South Carolina School of Music.

Painting “Al’s Heavenly View” by Raymond Burton

Proceeds benefit The Auntie Karen Foundation

A Tribute to Al Jarreau with Kirk Whalum, Regina Belle, Chris Walker & Bob James

Soulful, passionate, stirring...these are the words most often used to describe Kirk’s music. Forged from his Memphis, (TN) gospel roots and his 1980‘s initiation into the thriving Houston, TX nightclub scene, Kirk’s big, rich tenor sound is unmistakably his. The ’80s were highlighted by Kirk’s stepping out of his blossoming sideman role and forming his own band. It was there that Kirk ultimately developed both his “voice” and songwriting in the crucible of the local club scene––especially at a rooftop club called Cody’s. It was also in Houston where jazz pianist Bob James “discovered” him and brought him on tour, which led to five successful albums with Columbia Records, including Cache, Kirk’s first #1 album. As well, Kirk and Bob received a Grammy nomination for their collaboration album, Joined at the Hip. After moving to Los Angeles, Kirk became an in-demand session player for top artists like Barbara Streisand, Al Jarreau, Luther Vandross, Larry Carlton, Quincy Jones, and most notably, Whitney Houston, amongst many others. It’s his sax heard on the mega-hit “I Will Always Love You.”

Kirk soon followed that career high point with his phenomenal hit album released on Warner Bros. Records, For You, perhaps the most successful of over 25 solo recordings to date; others include his eclectic and much-lauded Gospel According to Jazz series (Chapters 1, 2, 3, and 4). In addition to his many solo projects, Kirk was also a member of the popular soul/jazz group, BWB, which features Kirk as the “W” of the group with Rick Braun (trumpet) and Norman Brown (guitar)..Kirk is the recipient of numerous awards and acknowledgments for his musical excellence, including three Dove Award nominations, an NAACP Image Award nomination, and has won two Stellar Awards-Gospel music’s highest honor. A twelve-time Grammy nominee, Kirk won his first Grammy award (2011) for Best Gospel Song (“It’s What I Do”––featuring Lalah Hathaway) alongside life-long friend and gifted songwriter Jerry Peters.

Regina Belle (vocalist)

Regina Belle is an Academy Award-winning and Multi Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, and actress. She has a string of hits, including Make It Like It Was, If I Could, Baby Come To Me, and This Is Love. Regina Belle has made a career following her heart and moving gracefully between the worlds of R&B, Gospel, and Jazz.

This New Jersey native has earned distinction as an international treasure. Her luminous vocals on the Peabo Bryson duet, A Whole New World, (Grammy’s Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group in 1994) solidified her place as music royalty.

Belle’s vocal abilities were demonstrated at a young age, with her first solo at the age of 8, at Friendship Baptist Church in New Jersey church pastored by her uncle, the late Dr. Fred M. Belle, Jr.. In 1985 Belle left Rutgers University, her senior year, just 15 credits shy of completing her degree, to go on the road with the Grammy Award, World Renown Group, THE MANHATTANS. She remained with them for two years before being spring boarded into her own career. Thirty years after leaving Rutgers and 10 albums later, Belle earned her Bachelors Degree in Africana Studies and a Minor in Music from Rutgers.

After releasing her first Gospel album in 2008, Love Forever Shines, with the hit single God Is Good, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. This devastating news came at the height of her gospel career. After two surgeries and 10 months of rehabilitation, Belle found herself back at the top of her game, ready to take on the world.

A Tribute to Al Jarreau with Kirk Whalum, Regina Belle, Chris Walker & Bob James

Chris Walker (vocalist, composer, producer, musician)

It is most appropriate if there was anyone to continue the legacy of Al Jarreau; it’s Chris Walker, who served as Al Jarreau’s Musical Director, co-vocalist, and bassist for more than twenty years. In the summer of 2019, Walker released his homage to Jarreau: We’re In This Love Together – Celebrating Al Jarreau, which continues to receive rave reviews from both critics and fans alike. Almost all the musicians on the record and performing in the live shows worked with Jarreau.

Chris Walker’s first release First Time produced two top-five singles; “Giving You All My Love” and “Take Time,” which crossed over to become top 30 on the pop charts. His second release, entitled Sincerely Yours, included the classic song, “How Do You Heal A Broken Heart,” written by Chris and Carole Bayer Sager. It has received over 60 million views on YouTube. His former teacher, Gil Goldstein brought to fruition a longtime dream of Walker’s to work with 7-time Grammy Award winner Al Jarreau and continued working with him as his Musical Director, bassist, and co-vocalist until Jarreau’s passing in 2017.

Among other highlights in Chris Walker’s varied and ever evolving musical career include: Co-Executive Producer for “Bossa Nova Noites,” which produced shows for the USOC, French, German and Japanese Houses during the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, featuring Daniel Jobim and Alexandra Jackson, being part of “Joined at the Hip;” a group with Bob James and Kirk Whalum, and performing regularly on Dave Koz’s cruises.

Bob James (pianist)

Keyboardist Bob James is a man who has worn many musical hats. He began as a progressive jazz pianist in the early ‘60s; he even recorded for the famed underground avant-garde label ESP. By the ‘70s, however, he’d incorporated electric keyboards and become a star in the burgeoning jazz-funk and fusion genres, making records later to be sampled by countless hip-hop artists. Along the way, he was also involved in the soundtracks for everything from Serpico to the TV show Taxi and worked as an arranger and producer for Dionne Warwick, Roberta Flack, and others. Later in his career, James has done everything from joining the smooth jazz supergroup Fourplay to recording commercially successful classical titles.

Since I Fell For You by Bob James and David Sanborn featuring the vocals from Al Jarreau, taken from the classic 1986 album ‘Double Vision’. The album spent 63 weeks on the Billboard charts, won a Grammy Award for ‘Best Jazz Fusion Performance’, and went on to sell a million copies. His latest release, Feel Like Making LIVE is a celebration of Bob’s unique artistry and reflects a storied career that stretches back 59 years. James is reunited with the piano trio format, which was how the Grammy-winning Missouri-born musician began his professional music career back in 1963.

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The Allen University Jazz Ensemble is comprised of a group of the University’s most skilled and talented students. Led by Dr. Joel Collier, the Allen University Jazz Ensemble performs a variety of jazz styles with specialties in funk and R&B.

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Brittany Turnipseed

For Brittany Turnipseed, music is more than an art form – it is life! Music is the portal through which Brittany explores her purpose and the world around her. You can find Brittany sharing her soulful, musical wonderland as a reoccurring featured artist at the Chayz Lounge in downtown Columbia, South Carolina. Most recently, Brittany has opened for Broadway great Melba Moore, and the R&B sensation Eric Roberson. As an experienced recording artist, Brittany has worked with several local artists and is completing her own musical project. Hearing Brittany sing is not just good listening, it’s an adventure through melody. Time spent under Brittany’s voice and musical stylings can best be described as a captivating journey through graceful melodies and entrancing storytelling.

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Akiliah Renee

Akiliah Renee is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and inspirational artist whose distinctive style, confidence, and peaceful vibes attract all walks of life. She is known for her superpower to enchant diverse audiences with a fusion of neo-soul infused in jazz blended with a touch of gospel roots. The hypnotizing and pacifying sounds of her voice, merged with endless melodic tones, create a frequency of vibrations transforming the listener’s mind to a place of placidity.

At the tender age of five years old, the trajectory of her life changed when her parents enrolled her in piano lessons at Faith Cultural Academy under the instruction of the late Mrs. Barbara Hood. She earned several awards, performed numerous recitals, and became an accomplished classically-trained pianist.

Akiliah Renee composed, musically arranged, and released her first music single in the winter of 2020. Currently, she has four songs obtainable on all streaming platforms. Her mission is to create music that motivates listeners, provokes self-reflection, and cultivates positive change.

Akiliah Renee often says, “I’m not your average woman,” and she visibly lives up to this truism. On and off the stage, she empowers generations of women with the possibility to live a life anchored in truth. She is an example of a lady who walks in authenticity and wisdom. Her music career will be the pathway to influencing the world.

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Lady Marauder is not just a DJ, but a music enthusiast who believes music has the power to heal and bring immense joy in the darkest times. She began her journey in music growing up in the record shop her mother founded, The World Famous Pyramid Music, which is the oldest Black owned record store in the south. There, she witnessed her father host his daily radio show inside the shop and her mother expand the shop’s inventory beyond vinyl with various black cultural staples, which sparked her interest in vinyl records, the turntables and sharing her love for music at a young age.

She continues sharing her passion for the music through DJ-ing, plus honoring her mother & late father’s legacy, by keeping The World Famous Pyramid Music’s name alive through her unique pop up shops.

Her biggest accomplishments to date include DJ-ing the “James Brown Birthday Bash” and “Par 3 Party” for the Masters Golf Tournament, Augusta, GA, participating in the “Celebration Of Legends” (Chaka Khan/directed by Phillis Iller), pop ups for The National Hip Hop Museum (Washington, DC/ Induction Ceremony Atlanta, GA) & Rock The Bells “Remember The Rhyme Hip Hop History Month Celebration”.

You can currently find Lady Marauder at her monthly residence for “Dining In The Crates Atlanta”. She also serves as a resident DJ & Music Director for “Slow Drag”, a 70’s Soul Slow Jam Party based in Atlanta, GA and a resident DJ for various events at The Columbia Music of Arts in Columbia, SC.

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The Auntie Karen Foundation is an organization that strongly believes in showcasing talented artists. Each year, a new piece is commissioned for the annual Legends of...Concert. Since 2012, the organization has used original works by Rodgers Boykin. Other notable artists who have contributed to the concert include Sheneka Jackson Kinsey. This year's featured artist is Raymond Burton. Raymond created "Al's Heavenly View," the stunning poster art for Legends 2023. The concept behind the piece is Al Jarreau watching from heaven as Kirk Whalum, Regina Belle, Chris Walker, and Bob James honor his work. The Auntie Karen Foundation is committed to promoting and celebrating the work of diverse artists and the Legends of...Concert is a fantastic opportunity to experience the beauty and creativity of these talented individuals.

Pictured below: "Al Jarreau" by Rodgers Boykin (2016), Vanessa Williams with Rodgers Boykin (2021), Raymond Burton with "Al's Heavenly View" 2022, "Al's Heavenly View" by Raymond Burton



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Sun 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Irmo 800 Lake Murray Boulevard, #2 Irmo, SC 29063-8498

(803) 749-4515

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Lexington 117 1/2 East Main Street Lexington, SC 29072-3420 (803) 356-8800

Hours: Mon-Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm, Sun 11:00 am - 2:30 pm

West Columbia 2265 Sunset Boulevard West Columbia, SC 29169 (803) 796-7826

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Congratulations Auntie Karen Foundation For 22 Years of Service! from
Congratulations to the Auntie Karen Foundation on the 19th Legends of... Concert from •Programs• •Flyers• • Business Cards• •Photography• • Brochures • •Pamphlets• Betty A. Etheredge, Owner Phone: 803-414-0972 Email:


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Sandra Sims

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Little Black Dress Mission

To bond women with the common goal to live their best life as a united source of inspira on that encourages, empowers and enables others to do the same.

Congratulations on your continued impact and relevance in shaping and enriching the lives of our youth through better Education - Health - MusicCreative Arts Economic Empowerment thereby awaking their minds to a brighter more rewarding future.

May the Lord continue to bless your efforts with ever increasing support and success!

Corinthians 9:8 – …God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in good work.

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congratulates the Auntie Karen Foundation for 22 years of service!


Richland County Government | Administration 2020 Hampton Street | Columbia, SC 29204 Congratulations to the Auntie Karen Foundation!
Richland County Council District 2 "Congratulations to the Auntie Karen Foundation for 22 years of serving our community through the arts."
Jackie Griffin “The Realtor Who Brings Results” 803.260.6555 • Keller Williams Preferred 140 Wildewood Park Dr. • Columbia, SC 29223 Congratulations Auntie Karen Legends of... Concert & Silent Auction! Congratulations to Karen Alexander-Banks & the Auntie Karen Foundation Phone 803-353-8414 803-767-0955 Carolina Concessions, LLC • � Ml I OUR STORY MATTERS }\�I � i�.!!ill!!i �11 , lJ!� . .A <tJtttcr '1Jon.fill:J C<J,r;pury We Are Columblo • • • KARAMU!! CELEBRATE!! 18TH ANNUAL BJ.ACK HISTORY PARADE & FESTIVAL • • SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2 , 2023 1pm - 6J)m • Parade starts at Hampton and Harden Streets Festival at MLK Park - 2300 �reene St. • • • • • • • • • GRAND MARSHAL GRAND MARSHAL • CONGRESSMAN JAMES CLYBURN • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • �HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES �NNIE McDANIEL • • • Headliner Violinist JAVONNE JONES LADY DI DARIUS STARKS P/\LSS UNISOGHN MUSICAL SOLUTIONS ZACH SANDERS MUSIC C " Jeffrey Lampkin and the Francis Marion YGB Gospel Choir 3ENEDICT COLLEGE Kabra Benford and the Benedict College Gospel Choir and a host of other entertainment and vendors. Kid zone and more! CONTACT: 803-361-5470WWW.FUNDSINC1 .ORG FUNDSINC@FUNDSINCl .ORG


Richland County Council District 4

"Congratulations to the Auntie Karen Foundation for empowering, enlightening and educating the children through the arts."

Richland County Government | Administration

2020 Hampton Street | Columbia, SC 29204

to the
Auntie Karen Foundation!
The Table Is Spread Catering Congratulates the Auntie Karen Foundation on another Successful Concert Denise Taylor, Caterer Your Chef for All Occasions Call 803-447-1217 or Caterer Extraordinare We make you look very good! Unique taste & flair with our own seasoning that always pleases and a set-up that amazes from 2 to 2,000 You’ll be glad that you called The Table Is Spread Catering! Putting the Elegance back in Catering ways to help you be your healthiest you MORE Prisma Health offers even 23-0795 Find a physician who’s right for you at Prisma.Health/FindAPhysician THE AUNTIE KAREN FOUNDATION REMEMBERS DERRICK ERNEST HUGGINS JULY 29, 1966 - OCTOBER 6, 2022 THE COMET, SPONSOR
THE AUNTIE KAREN FOUNDATION REMEMBERS Ramsey Lewis performing at the Auntie Karen Legends of..2012 Concert
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Richland County Council District 3 "Congratulations to the Auntie Karen Foundation for 22 years of engaging youth globally through the arts."



District 59 - Florence & Darlington Counties

314-C Blatt Building

Columbia, SC 29211

Bus. (803) 734-3004

1646 Harris Court

Florence, SC 29501

Res. (843) 665-7321

Cell (843) 229-7413

Congratulations Auntie Karen

From Representative Terry Alexander

Congratulations to the Auntie Karen Foundation!


Richland County Council Vice Chair District 9

"Thank you to the Auntie Karen Foundation for connecting and empowering the community through the arts."

Starlee & Terry Alexander
Richland County Government | Administration
Hampton Street | Columbia, SC 29204
3 Locations: 4619 Forest Drive, Suite 1 Forest Acres, SC 29204 (803) 306-5999 130-1 Forum Drive Columbia, SC 29223 (803) 769-8372 131 Harbison Boulevard Columbia, SC 29212 (803) 393-4587 Richland County Government | Administration 2020 Hampton Street | Columbia, SC 29204 Congratulations to the Auntie Karen Foundation! GRETCHEN BARRON Richland County Council District 7 "Congratulations to the Auntie Karen Foundation for engaging our youth in Richland County through the arts."
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John & Victoria Dozier

Judy Wilson

Karen Alexander-Banks

Karen Long

Kathy Weathersbee

Kerry L. Abel

Kerry Stubbs

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Kimberly Greene

L. Robinson

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Marionette Ware

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Tribute To Al Jarreau

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