BATON ROUGE — State Rep. Regina Barrow will host A Night for Our Children on Friday, April 5 at the Baton Rouge Gallery. The event, held from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Baton Rouge Gallery, will benefit the Center of Empowerment for Youth & Families. Rep. Barrow will share hosting duties with gospel artist Michael A.V. Mitchell at the inaugural cocktail reception held in honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
The Center of Empowerment for Families and Youth is dedicated to providing quality educational, mental health, physical health and mentoring services to victims of child abuse and other underserved populations. The Center is also focused on supporting and creating strong families so that the children and adults can thrive within the Baton Rouge community.
“The Center of Empowerment is passionate about serving and protecting children and I am honored to be a part of such a worthy event,” Rep. Barrow said. “As we seek to improve our community, it is important that we partner and support organizations that are committed to enriching the lives of others, especially our children. When we help our most vulnerable citizens so that they are better, we all are better for it.”
A Night for Our Children will feature a silent auction and entertainment for attendees. The event is free and open to the public; however, donations are appreciated.
The silent auction will feature a team-autographed ball from the New Orleans Hornets, hotel night stays at the Marriot Hotel and L’Auberge Casino and Hotel, gift certificates from Zea’s Restaurant and Zoe’s Kitchen, Zephyrs baseball game tickets and among other items will be auctioned during the reception. Other items include artwork, gift certificates, and personal services among a host of other goodies.
A.M. + Speak[easy], a local contemporary funk band, will provide musical entertainment during the event. The seven-member band is set to cover tunes from a range of legendary performers including Marvin Gaye, Teena Marie, Wild Cherry, Duffy, Average White Band, Smokey Robinson, Bob Marley, Nina Simone, Earth Wind and Fire, Beyonce and more.
“We are very excited to perform on Friday,” said Andrea “A.M.” Mitchell, lead singer. “We are delighted to showcase our talents for people who have joined together for a worthy cause.”
Supporters will gather at the reception to learn more about the Center’s effort to combat child abuse.
In addition to the auction and entertainment, special presentations from local artist Brandon Lewis, McKinley Middle Magnet School and the Southern University-Baton Rouge communications department. Author Azalea Lindsey will speak to attendees about child abuse.
Event sponsors include Pepsi, Community Coffee, A Conrad Fitness, Jess’ Bra Closet, AT&T Pioneers, Mestizo’s, Marriott Hotel, Lamar Advertising, Raising Canes, L’Auberge Casino & Hotel, VAR Events, Publishing Shack, Prince Photography, Electronic Media Gulf Coast, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Upward Barbecue Catering, and more.
To learn more about the Center of Empowerment for Youth and Families, Inc., visit www.coe4youth.org.
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