October 1, 2005
Books 'n Blues Chairwoman
Ms. Myrna Colley-Lee
Also sponsored by:
Blue Parrot Cafe
Greenwood Blues Heritage Museum
Dancing Rabbit Books
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BOOKS 'N BLUES
Where did the idea come from?
First Annual Books 'n Blues Raises $15,000+
GREENWOOD, MISSISSIPPI -- Authors and blues musicians coordinated by Myrna Collie-Lee (Mrs. Morgan Freeman) raised more than $15,000 for Katrina victims and deserving students during the first annual Books 'n Blues festival and silent auction in the Mississippi Delta on Oct. 1. Learn More
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The Books ‘n Blues festival of music and words brings writers, musicians and other artists and interested people together in Mississippi to raise funds for successful and effective non-profit organizations. These organizations have demonstrated a proven record of helping deserving people who need a “hand up” not a “hand out.”
Origins of Books ‘n Blues
The events began as an idea to have one benefit book signing by one author for one organization in one place.
But it quickly became clear that many authors could raise more money. Blues entered the picture because so many of the interested native authors had worked that unique musical form which began in the Mississippi Delta.
As the event organization began to move forward in the Spring of 2005, it became clear that Books ‘n Blues could play a role in helping several organizations around the state serve their clients better by developing a new source of income beyond traditional fundraising activities such as grants and continual solicitations.
Beneficiary of the 2005 Inaugural
Books ‘n Blues Events
Communities in Schools of Greenwood-Leflore (CIS) provides in-school programs with rigorous, challenging, skills-based arts instruction for high risk youth in alternative schools, adolescent offender programs and training schools throughout Mississippi.
Why This New Idea?
A new source is needed because the same limited number of people in Mississippi continually get asked to contribute to worthy causes. But while there may be no limits to their depth of good will, the reality is that there is a limit to the depth of people's pockets. Rather than competing for a slice of the existing charity pie, Books ‘n Blues intends to bake an entirely new pie.
Books ‘n Blues is seed-funded by a Mississippi Delta native, a bestselling author who lives in California's wine country where people spend rather freely for entertainment that has a charitable beneficiary.
As just one example, a 300-student school in Sonoma recently netted more than $100,000 in April 2005 with a wine and food reception, silent and live auction, music and dinner. The intent of Books ‘n Blues is to offer an entertainment benefit event, open to people of all means and adapted to Mississippi tastes, culture and lifestyle.
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