Raymond Ennifer (benlynx)
Post Number: 66
Posted From: 188.8.131.52
|Posted on Monday, October 11, 2004 - 4:24 am: || |
The extended Motown family will be flying in from far and wide to attend Saturday’s annual fund-raiser for the Motown Historical Museum at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center.
Claudette Robinson of the Miracles and longtime Motown secretary and songwriter (“Money”) Janie Bradford will be jetting in for the event from California.
But California’s a short jaunt compared to the distance some fans are traveling — from England, France and Australia — to attend this year’s gala, dubbed “Motown Moments.”
“That speaks to our visitor base,” says Robin Terry, director of the Motown Historical Museum. “A third of our visitors are international. They are seeing this Detroit event as something that they want to be a part of, in order to connect with that history, the Motown sound, to relive all that.”
“Motown Moments,” now held in the Detroit Marriott’s spacious ballroom, will be headlined by Otis Williams and the Temptations and hosted by Black Entertainment Television news anchor Ed Gordon.
Otis Williams and the Temptations will perform.
The annual fund-raiser also doubles as a massive reunion for Motown stars, all wearing their evening best, with songwriter/producers, executives, former executives and friends chatting and exchanging cards in between the entertainment.
Terry is intent upon making at least part of every fund-raiser a focus on youth. Last year, the Renaissance Men, two students from Renaissance High School, opened the show with impressions of Motown stars. This year, the Mosaic Youth Theater will perform a special Motown tribute, before the Temptations take the stage.
“We always want to keep an element of youth. It’s such a part of the Motown legacy,” says Terry.