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Stockton Council of Black Faculty and Staff Moves Annual Event to House of Blues


Awards Dinner and Dance on Nov. 9

Outgrows Traditional Venues


For Immediate Release

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Contact:   Tim Kelly

                  Stockton Public Relations

                  (609) 652-4950


Atlantic City, NJ – The Richard Stockton College Council of Black Faculty and Staff Annual Awards Dinner and Dance has become so popular in recent years that it has outgrown traditional banquet halls and larger venues.


This year’s event, to take place on Thursday, November 9, 2006 has been booked at the House of Blues in the Showboat Casino Resort to accommodate the growing demand for tickets.  It is still expected to sell out well in advance of the event again, according to the event’s organizers.


“The response to this event has been overwhelming and has really taken off in recent years,” Council President Stephen Davis said.  “We have reached the point of becoming a major fundraiser for the benefit of the Stockton College Foundation’s scholarship fund.”


After moving from a succession of increasingly large banquet rooms, last year’s dinner sold out the 250-seat TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia) room in the Quarter of the Tropicana Hotel and Resort. “Last year, the event went to a new level,” Davis said.  “We were able to raise more than $20,000 for an endowment to benefit deserving students.  But even this beautiful setting could not satisfy the demand for tickets.”


As a result, the 400-seat Foundation Room at the House of Blues became the event’s next home.  “Even with the additional seating, we anticipate selling every available ticket,” he added.


Now in its 26th year, The Annual Awards Dinner and Dance has always been an important event on the social schedule of the Stockton community.  In recent years it has begun to attract many other interested parties including elected officials, influential business leaders and supporters of higher education.  In addition to raising funds, the event honors outstanding members of the community for their contributions, as well as outstanding Alumni.  The evening includes the awards ceremony following a 6 p.m. cocktail hour, a gourmet dinner, and cash bar and dancing to live music.


Dr. Vera King Farris, President Emerita, is Honorary Chair for the event.


The Annual Award winners, the Council’s highest honor, will be announced soon, Davis said.


Tickets are priced $75 each or $70 for two or more.  Call Trish Collins at (609) 652-4523 for ticket information or Yubi Pena at (609) 652-4382 to advertise in the program booklet.  Tickets are also available online at (In the Keyword and Search box, type in the keywords “Black Council”).


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