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Sounds of Sinatra Will Highlight An Evening for ABAC March 3

January 24, 2017

Dine on a table packed with culinary delights and then dance the night away to the sounds of Frank Sinatra at An Evening for ABAC on March 3 in the annual student scholarship fundraiser sponsored by the ABAC Foundation at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

Wayne Jones, Director of the ABAC Arts Connection, coordinates the evening for the ABAC Foundation, which has sponsored the annual event since Anita Bryant graced the dining hall stage in 1972 for a dinner and show which came to be known as Dollars for Scholars.

With Mark Randisi and The Motor City Horns playing the timeless music of Sinatra, this year’s show at 6 p.m. on March 3 at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center promises to be one of the best.

“If you close your eyes, you’ll hear a familiar timbre and tone this year,” Jones said.  “It will sound as if the Chairman of the Board himself is in the room but it’s really the voice of Mark Randisi, keeping the sounds of Sinatra alive. What he does is an incredible tribute to Frank Sinatra, not just an imitation.  His devotion to the music is apparent, and you’ll be swept up in the emotion he brings to this performance.”

An Evening for ABAC in 2016 involved a variety of changes to the event, including a new venue since Katie Deal filled up all 400 seats available for her Patsy Cline show in Gressette Gymnasium on the ABAC campus in 2015.

“We moved it to the Conference Center so we could have more space, and we added a lot of additional activities for the evening as well,” Jones said.  “Every guest was treated like a genuine VIP.  From valet parking and the red carpet through the dance floors on each side of the stage, I think it was a night everyone really enjoyed.”

A cocktail hour, a silent auction, and a live auction in an indoor garden party atmosphere added glitter to a night which has been called “the social event of the year.”

“Our patrons trust they are in for a great evening and great entertainment,” Jones said.  “Our whole purpose is to benefit student scholarships.  That’s what folks are spending their money for, to help students go to college.”

Jones promises that An Evening for ABAC in 2017 will have lots of extra added attractions.  He said it will be a night to remember not only in Tifton but in all of South Georgia.  And ABAC students will reap the rewards.

“During the past six years, we have raised almost $300,000 for student scholarships,” Jones said.  “Our intent is to raise $100,000 at An Evening for ABAC in 2017 for the students.  Since we are a four-year institution now, we have twice the amount of need.

“Once we started graduating students with bachelor’s degrees, we instantly increased the need for more scholarship funds.  I believe the 2017 event will take us to an entirely new level.”

Artists who have performed through the years have included Debbie Reynolds, Ray Stevens, Roy Clark, Ronnie Milsap, Barbara Mandrell, Shirley Jones, Mel Tillis, Pat Boone, The Temptations, Helen Reddy, and Trisha Yearwood.

An Evening for ABAC tickets are $125 for singles, $225 for couples, and $1,500 for a reserved table which seats eight persons.  A portion of the ticket price is tax deductible. For tickets, call (229) 391-4895 or visit the web site at www.abac.edu/aneveningforabac.

Sponsorship levels include Gold for $2,500 which sponsors one scholarship, Platinum for $5,000 which sponsors two scholarships, Titanium for $7,500 which sponsors three scholarships, and Presidential for $10,000 which sponsors four scholarships.

ABAC Advancement Director Deidre Martin said sponsors already on board include Sodexo and Affiliates, Inc., and Georgia Crown Distributing Company at the Titanium level and Colquitt Regional Medical Center, Southeastern Federal Credit Union, and Synovus Trust Company through the First Community Bank of Tifton at the Platinum level.

Gold level sponsors include AT&T of Georgia, South Georgia Banking Company, Vivien and Austin Scott, Needmore Properties, Bob McLendon Farms, Dr. and Mrs. Joe Day, Mr. and Mrs. James Lee Adams, Mr. and Mrs. James Holcomb, AgGeorgia Farm Credit, Captain D’s Seafood, and WALB-TV.
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