Florida Opera Theatre, a local group that’s trying to encourage the rebirth and growth of opera in the Orlando area (and to enjoy opera elsewhere), is supporting a benefit in early May to raise money for itself and for the Negro Spiritual Scholarship Foundation. Here’s the word:
Canes & Crowns, sponsored by the Florida Opera Theatre and Dorothy T. Johnson Guild as a benefit fundraiser for the Florida Opera Theatre and the Negro Spiritual Scholarship Foundation, will be held at the Canterbury Retreat & Conference Center, 1601 Alafaya Trail, Oviedo, Friday, May 7, 6-9PM, $35. Please call 407-862-2799 or 407-260-8103 for tickets.
This annual event will benefit the 2010 Grady-Rayam Scholarship vocalists and the Florida Opera Theatre. Canterbury, located in Oviedo, was established in 1982 as a conference center and provides a beautiful setting and ample parking.
A social hour will start the evening at 6 p.m. with reasonably priced beer and wine with time to view the silent auction items and place your bids. A delicious buffet dinner, catered by the Canterbury chef, will be served next followed by the Parade of Canes and Crowns, to be judged for creativity, beauty, coordinated outfit and the most striking Cane and Crown couple.
The highlight of the evening will be the performances of the 2010 Grady-Rayam Scholarship winners. These young people deserve praise and support for their years of effort. Historically, some of the previous winners have reached great heights in their operatic careers.
Finally, a live auction for some very special items and winners of the silent auction will be announced.
This event was co-sponsored for the past seven years by the Negro Spiritual Scholarship Foundation and the Orlando Opera Guild. Florida Opera Theatre has selected it as one of the important activities of the former opera organization which should be continued. It has been a fruitful arrangement for each group and an opportunity to get to know one another.
Come and join us! Bring your husband, wife, significant other, friend, older children, neighbors, etc. and it should prove to be a good time for all!