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Our 2018 Gala Host Committee is tasked with supporting the Kidznotes mission as we organize our single largest fundraising event of the year!

This year’s Host Committee includes:

Branford & Nicole Marsalis

Branford & Nicole Marsalis

“Branford Marsalis grew up with the sounds of jazz music literally rising from the streets, wafting through the windows of the New Orleans home that would spawn a series of jazz giants.

And yet, the Grammy-award winning saxophonist, composer and bandleader’s career is marked by his versatility. Marsalis has played with the Grateful Dead and symphony orchestras, written Broadway scores and starred in Spike Lee movies. He started a record label, hosted a radio show and led the Tonight Show Band.

When he moved to Durham in 2002, Marsalis brought more than his varied talents and the famous surname. He also brought a legacy of service that he traces back to his musical family – one that has made its mark in the Triangle as well as his home town.”

Excerpt from The News & Observer

Celebrity Chef, Vivian Howard

Celebrity Chef, Vivian Howard

Vivian Howard is both an award-winning Chef and an award-winning television personality for her PBS series, “A Chef’s Life.”

“A Chef’s Life” is a 2014 Peabody winner for Excellence in Broadcasting, a 2015 Daytime Emmy winner for Best Directing of a Lifestyle/Travel/Culinary program , and was a 2016 James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Culinary Host.

Howard was named a James Beard Foundation Award semifinalist for Best Chef Southeast five consecutive times (2011-2017).

Her flagship restaurant, Chef & the Farmer, has been given a AAA Four Diamond Award seven times (2010-2016), a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence (2009), and was named an OpenTable Top 100 Restaurants in America (2011).

Excerpt from Wikipedia

Jim & Barbara Goodmon

Jim & Barbara Goodmon

Jim Goodmon has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Capitol Broadcasting Company since 1979. In September, 2017 he became its Chairman and CEO. As the company’s top executive, Goodmon has guided the growth of CBCs broadcast holdings and led its dynamic expansion into satellite communications, new media, real estate and professional sports.

Barbara Goodmon is President of the AJ Fletcher Foundation.   She has served on a number of community boards in NC. With primary interests in the field of human services, she has served as Chairman of the Salvation Army, Vice Chairman of The Healing Place of Wake County, and Chairman of Wake County Human Services. She has received the William Booth Award from the Salvation Army and was inducted into the Academy of Women of the Raleigh YWCA.

Excerpt from AJ Fletcher Foundation

Gene & Marie Washington

Gene & Marie Washington

A. Eugene Washington, M.D., an internationally renowned clinical investigator, is Duke University’s chancellor for health affairs and the president and chief executive officer of the Duke University Health System.

Washington and his wife Marie, who has retired from a career in finance and is active on the boards of several non-profit organizations, have been married for 32 years. They have three young adult children: a son Brooks and two daughters, Caroline and Erin.

“Marie and I are delighted to be joining the Durham and larger North Carolina communities, and we look forward with excitement to fostering partnerships to work to improve life across the region,” Washington said.

Excerpt from Duke.edu

Meagan & Alexander Julian

Meagan & Alexander Julian

Forever classic, always comfortable, distinctly American, casually elegant. These ideals embody the lifestyle and design philosophy of Alexander Julian. Julian is known as the thinking man’s designer – an artist who is not afraid to experiment with color, texture and detail, creating smart fashion designed for the taste of a connoisseur.

To Alexander Julian and wife Meagan, fashion and home furnishings are not simply functional decorations but self expression and personal fulfillment. Their overall mission is simple:  Create products that foster a sense of well being.

Excerpt from AlexanderJulian.com

William & Judith Bell

William & Judith Bell

Former Durham Mayor William Bell is founder of the Bill & Judith Bell Foundation.

The Bill & Judith Bell Foundation allows Mayor William V. “Bill” Bell to remain a connected voice in Durham. The Foundation will partner to expand resources for individuals, programs, organizations and initiatives that confront challenges and provide solutions in the areas of the arts, education, early childhood development, affordable housing, healthcare and poverty – helping to improve the foundation in which every person gets an opportunity to live an active, healthy and productive life.

Excerpt from HeroesInThePark.com

Dr. Assad Meymandi

Dr. Assad Meymandi

Assad Meymandi attends every concert that is held in the Raleigh concert hall that bears his name.  Music, like so much in Meymandi’s life, isn’t simple. It doesn’t just wash over him, providing beauty, respite, or enjoyment. It connects his dots and fuels his thoughts. And there are many of those.

“On any given day, Meymandi’s conversation may range from his ancestral religion of Zoroastrianism to the poetry of Victor Hugo. From the stock market’s Nifty Fifty to Nietzsche’s love of opera. He talks about the roots of benevolence and the singularity of the U.S. Constitution. Spinoza. Epigenetics. The care of the soul. The genius of Mozart. All of it streams as one, his synaptic connections as unexpected and emphatically in-the-moment as the linking of a dark, explosive, abstract 1923 painting to a light, flute-filled 1721 concerto and a 13th-century poem about the oneness of life and death. Some of his thoughts make their way into his weekly Monday Musings blogposts, but even a glancing knowledge of the man makes it clear that those writings represent a fraction of what he has to say.”

Excerpt from Walter Magazine

Easter Maynard

Easter Maynard

Easter Maynard leads ChildTrust Foundation as Director of Community Investment for IMC.

“At ChildTrust Foundation, our investments focus on education, literacy and early childhood interventions that impact North Carolina’s most vulnerable children, specifically from birth through age eight. As the charitable arm of Investors Management Corporation, the Foundation believes that strategic investments in advocacy and direct service can lead to systemic changes that will positively impact children’s lives for generations to come. Our involvement with organizations across North Carolina goes beyond financial gifts to include collaboration, networking and capacity-building to ensure greater success.”

Excerpt from WakeEd.org

Lucia Peel Powe

Lucia Peel Powe

This successful El Sistema model was brought to North Carolina when Mrs. Lucia Peel Powe, a philanthropist and retired school teacher, and Dr. Kathleen Morrison, a retired Stanford Professor, convinced Katie Wyatt to leave her position as Director of Education for the NC Symphony to engage in a yearlong fellowship with El Sistema in Venezuela and found Kidznotes.

These women were passionate about providing the opportunity for an excellent music education to all area children. Working together they brought the El Sistema model and opportunity for social transformation to the most disadvantaged children and neighborhoods in Durham and Raleigh.

Many North Carolinians also remember Lucia as “Miss Lucia” on the syndicated television series, “Romper Room.”

Excerpt from Wisdom House Books

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