Wednesday, December 19, 2018

31st Annual Easton Jazz Festival "Boys & Girls Club of Easton Celebration."

A benefit for the Boys & Girls Club of Easton

M.C.S. Industries and the Boys & Girls Club of Easton are honored to partner with Lafayette College and the Williams Center for the Arts in the September 15th, presentation of  Cecile McLorin Salvant. This event is the 31st Annual Easton Jazz Festival fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club, and I hope you will consider being a sponsor, and making a donation. Sponsorship levels and benefits are listed in the brochure information below.

 Boys and Girls Clubs of Easton CelebrationOur headliner for the opening concert of the Williams Center 2017/18 Jazz series will be Cecile McLorin Salvant, Friday, September 15, 2017.  


Here are links to some videos:


Ccile McLorin Salvant was born and raised in Miami, Florida of a French mother and a Haitian father. She started classical piano studies at 5, and began singing in the Miami Choral Society at 8. Early on, she developed an interest in classical voice, began studying with private instructors, and later with Edward Walker, vocal teacher at the University of Miami. 

In 2007, Ccile moved to Aix-en-Provence, France, to study law as well as classical and baroque voice at the Darius Milhaud Conservatory. It was in Aix-en-Provence, with reedist and teacher Jean-Franois Bonnel, that she started learning about jazz, and sang with her first band. In 2009, after a series of concerts in Paris, she recorded her first album "Ccile", with Jean-Franois Bonnel's Paris Quintet. A year later, she won the Thelonious Monk competition in Washington D.C.

Over the years, she has developed a curiosity for the history of American music, and the connections between jazz, vaudeville, blues, and folk music. Ccile carefully chooses her repertoire, oftentimes unearthing rarely recorded, forgotten songs, with strong stories.
She enjoys popularity in Europe and in the United States, performing in clubs, concert halls, and festivals. In 2014, her second album, WomanChild (Mack Avenue Records) was nominated for a Grammy. 

Her third album, For One To Love (for Mack Avenue Records), was recorded in 2015 with Aaron Diehl (piano), Paul Sikivie (bass), and Lawrence Leathers (drums). In 2016, For One To Love won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album.

Ben Ratliff writes in The New York Times she sings clearly, with her full pitch range, from a pronounced low end to full and distinct high notes, used sparingly [...] Her voice clamps into each song, performing careful variations on pitch, stretching words but generally not scatting; her face conveys meaning, representing sorrow or serenity like a silent-movie actor.

ALSO:  This article on her agencys page is really good:


The Jazz Festival is held at the Williams Center for the Arts on Lafayette College campus, and the evening begins at 5:30pm with a special pre-show Cocktail Party and Silent Auction for sponsors, donors and friends, including complimentary light fare, beer and wine. The main performance featuring Ambrose Akinmusire follows at 8:00pm.

The Easton Jazz Festival is the Boys & Girls Club of Eastons primary annual fundraising event, providing vital support for youth development activities here in Easton. We are proud to have served 708 local youth in 2016. 

Every $ raised goes directly to support the Clubs youth programs right here in our community. We keep at-risk youth engaged, active and off the streets every week, year-round. Our award-winning programs cover the academic, athletic, arts, health, citizenship, leadership and life skills.

We thank M.C.S. Industries for underwriting this years festival, event partner Williams Center for the Arts, and we thank all our sponsors for their past support and investment in our youth.

We hope you can join us for the 31st Anniversary celebration as a sponsor in support of the Boys & Girls Club of Easton. All sponsors and underwriters receive complimentary tickets for the pre-show cocktail party at 5:30pm, the main performance at 8:00pm, and are featured in the program book, event poster and in all media coverage.  All donations are gratefully received and recognized in the event program book. 

Please contact the Club by email at to request a brochure.  If you have any questions regarding the Easton Jazz Festival, or this Clubs programs or facilities, please do not hesitate to contact Dean Young, Executive Director, on 484 239 2075, or email the Club at  We look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you for your kind consideration of our request.

                                    Yours sincerely,                        

Richard Master                            G. Dean Young                              
Co-Founder, Easton Jazz Festival        Co-Founder, Easton Jazz Festival
Chairman/CEO, MCS Industries          Executive Director, Boys & Girls Club of Easton         


Easton Jazz Festival - Friday, September 15th, 2017

Underwriter & Sponsorship Levels

The Easton Jazz Festival is the Boys & Girls Club of Eastons primary annual fundraiser providing vital support for after-school and summer youth development activities here in Easton.




Be an Underwriter or Sponsor:

Main Event Underwriters @ $5,000

     Top billing in all Festival media coverage

     Top billing on the Festival Poster

     8 Pre-show Cocktail tickets

     8 Main Performance tickets 

     Full recognition on cover of Program Book

     Prominent full page ad in Program Book


Diamond Sponsors @ $1,250  

          6 Pre-show Cocktail tickets

          6 Main Performance tickets

          Recognition in all media coverage & poster

          Full page ad in the program book 


Gold Sponsors @ $1,000

          4 Pre-show Cocktail tickets

          4 Main Performance tickets

          Recognition in all media coverage & poster

          Full page ad in the program book


Silver Sponsors @ $750

          2 Pre-show Cocktail tickets

          2 Main Performance tickets

          Recognition in all media coverage & poster

          Full page ad in the program book


or make a donation of your choice

Checks should be made payable to Boys & Girls Club of Easton, and mailed to:

G. Dean Young, Boys & Girls Club of Easton, P.O. Box 741, EastonPA 18044-0741

No increase in sponsorship levels from 2015!  The charitable contribution is 100% tax deductible, less $21 per person ticket cost;

We will honor your privacy wishes if you prefer no publicity

Thank you for your support!

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