Red Cross fundraiser to feature jazz, auction

By Galen Holley/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – The American Red Cross is bringing a virtuoso of a true American art form to town as the main draw to its biggest annual fundraiser.
Jazz musician and Arkansas native Grady Nichols will perform from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Jan. 29 at The Summit in Tupelo.
Nichols will provide the ambiance as folks enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres in an elegant, relaxed atmosphere.
Nichols specializes in “smooth jazz,” a form influenced by R&B and pop music. In addition to making four albums, Nichols has opened for artists including Ray Charles, Al Green and the Righteous Brothers.
The evening will also include a silent auction in which guests can bid on more than 100 items, including furniture and artwork.
Among the more distinctive items up for bid will be several pieces of pottery created by renowned potter and Mississippi native Gail Pittman.
Pittman designed the pieces especially for the Red Cross, and they bear the familiar emblem.
The Red Cross is hoping to raise $40,000 at the event, all of which will go to support the nonprofit’s local education and relief efforts in the 16-county Northeast Mississippi District.
“We rely heavily on the generosity of the good people of this area, and this fundraiser is a way in which we can provide a pleasant evening, including some great entertainment, in order to say ‘thank you’,” said Red Cross Director Patty Tucker.
Seats for the event are $25, and tables with 10 seats can be reserved for $250, ensuring that groups can sit together. Tickets can be purchased by phone with a credit card at (662) 842-6101 or by mailing a check or stopping by the office at 4127 Westside Drive.

Contact Galen Holley at (662) 678-1510 or galen.holley@djournal.com.