Program

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6:00pm – Networking Reception and Honoree Recognition
8:00pm – Dessert and Entertainment

Attire: You are invited to wear professional attire for this event. Formal dress is not required.

This Event is Fragrance-Free: For the comfort of all, we discourage all attendees from wearing perfumes, colognes, or scented hair or body products before or during this event.

Entertainment: Eddie Baccus Jr. and Straight to the Point

eddie-baccus-jrAUCD sincerely thanks Eddie Baccus Jr. and the Straight to the Point musicians for their in-kind donation in the form of a generously discounted fee to play at the AUCD Gala. 

Eddie Baccus Jr. is a powerhouse saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist, and vocalist who initially made his mark on the music world touring with jazz sensation Pieces of Dream. He has graced stages in every continent except Antarctica! As a touring member of the group for a decade and a half, Baccus had the opportunity to perform with and alongside a virtual who’s who in the traditional jazz, urban jazz, and R&B worlds, most notably including Luther Vandross; Jeffrey Osborne; War; Rick Braun; Grover Washington, Jr.; George Duke; Lester Bowie; Earth, Wind and Fire; India Arie; and Stevie Wonder. Baccus also attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he studied Music Performance & Education.

As the son of famed blind organist and pianist Eddie Baccus Sr, Baccus has a unique connection to both music and the disability community. He is humbled to perform for the 2017 AUCD for All Gala and does so in his father’s honor.

Straight to the Point features:
Micah Smith and Karen Linette on vocals, Alvin White on guitar, Craig Alston on keys, Kevin Walker on bass, and Brian “Spyda” Wheatley on drums.

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Micah
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Karen
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Alvin
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Craig
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Kevin
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Brian Spyda Wheatley