Friday, March 4, 2011

Ticket Sales Brisk, Annual Tribute Luncheon Coming April 27

The Annual Tribute Luncheon is coming up on April 27th at American Tobacco's Bay 7.  The event is a celebration of Durham's unique sense of place that is produced by the Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau. 

This year's theme of Great Rhythm Great Blues is a canvass upon which a rather lively event will be painted.  The honorees are the African American Dance Ensemble, the American Dance Festival and the Bull Durham Blues Festival.  The public is welcomed to attend the event with tickets.

"These organizations are creative and and they work they produce is exciting and lively!" said E'Vonne Coleman-Cook, DCVB's Chief Operating Officer.  "I can't imagine that the event will be anything less than uplifting and invigorating."
The event receives significant local support from sponsors.  ABC-11, American Airlines, BCBS, Greenfire Development, Hilton Garden Inn Durham/Southpoint, Merck, The Freelon Group, The Sarah P. Duke Gardens, and U.S. Foodservice.

Coleman-Cook went on to say, "This event is about Durham as a community, and to see we have so many partners in doing that is really heartening.  Times are tough and still we have the support of our fellow stakeholders in the place where great things happen."

The event has been produced for nearly 20 years by DCVB and has celebrated chefs, authors, musicians and architects, among other things.  It is widely considered to be one of Durham's signature "see and be seen" events and sells out every year. 

"At Bay 7, we have a capacity of about 375," Coleman-Cook said.  "Attendance of the event is always strong, and this year we have only about 80 seats left to sell," she said. "That's pretty awesome given the event is still about two months away."

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