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Presidential Inauguration Scholarship Ball and Brave Fest Concert to provide scholarships and entertainment for students

Alcorn State, MS (March 31, 2011) – Alcorn State University supporters will showcase their best ball gowns and tuxedos to benefit student scholarships at the Purple and Gold Presidential Ball in honor of the University’s 18th President M. Christopher Brown II.

The event is set for 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 16th in the Davey L. Whitney HPER Complex on the Lorman campus featuring Eva Kennedy and the Nameless Band. The ball promises to be an unforgettable evening of elegance and indulgence to celebrate Alcorn’s new president and provide much needed scholarship support. 

Tickets for the ball are $50 each and $1800 for corporate tables. “We had 78 deserving students at risk of leaving Alcorn due to the financial burden of paying tuition,” says Mr. Marcus Ward, co-chair of Inaugural Committee and chief of staff. “Our students need financial assistance. We are grateful that our president has created the All for Alcorn scholarship allowing every Alcorn student the opportunity to receive a financial award. Guests attending the Purple and Gold Presidential Ball will enjoy themselves and know they helped deserving students stay in college.”

Brave Fest 2011 will kick off Sunday, April 10th with A BRAVE Praise in the Oakland Memorial Chapel at 6 p.m. Events continue throughout the week with a Who’s BRAVE Auction on Monday at 7 p.m. in the E.E. Simmons Gymnasium, The BRAVE Fashion Show on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Clinton Bristow Dining Facility, the Alcorn BRAVES Ball on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Campus Union Ballroom, a Greek BRAVERY Showcase on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the E. E. Simmons Gymnasium, BRAVE Madness on Saturday from 8 p.m. – 12 a.m. in the Amenities Building, and a 3-on-3 BRAVE Basketball Tournament/BBQ from 12 p.m. – until at the Amenities Building.

The Home of the Braves concert is scheduled for Friday, April 15th at 7 p.m. in Jack Spinks Stadium. Gucci Mane, Travis Porter and Dondria are set to rock the stage. Tickets are $15 in advance and $25 at the gate, and can be purchased at any Ticketmaster outlet or www.ticketmaster.com . Both events are open to the public. For more information on the inauguration, including schedule of inaugural events and sponsorship opportunities, call 601.877.6111 or email inauguration2011@alcorn.edu . To RSVP and purchase tickets, visit www.alcorn.edu/inauguration.