Masquerade Ball at Douglass Theatre to benefit breast cancer research

November 15, 2013 

Black tie and masks are required attire for an evening of art and music to benefit breast cancer research.

The Masquerade Ball will be held from 6:30-11 p.m. Friday at the Douglass Theatre. The ball also includes educational information on breast cancer, a catered meal and an art auction.

“It is education as well as an entertaining event,” said Dewayne Kendrick, an artist who organized the event.

Nurses will be on hand early in the evening with breast cancer literature. Later, there will be music by Dean Brown and Dubshak, which play a unique mix of reggae and soul. Dammit Boi Brown, which is described as Southern rap, will be the opening band.

Kendrick will have art on display as part of an installation entitled “The Masquerade 13,” which also will feature work from Travis Hart and Rudy Mendes. This art will be up in lieu of the Douglass’ normal monthly exhibit of local art.

Kendrick will be auctioning off some of his work with proceeds going to the local Susan G. Komen Foundation and the Living by Faith Outreach Ministries.

“I am really hoping it will be a really blessed event,” Kendrick said. “I figured out my artwork can help other people and that is what I want to do.”

He also plans to do a live painting during the event.

“I believe to really express yourself artistically you have to add a whole bunch of artistic things. ... To have a really good art show, the more you incorporate all the arts into one show, the better the show,” he said.

This is the second year Kendrick has organized the ball.

“The first one came about because I was worried about my mother,” he said. “I started listening to a lot of breast cancer survivors and kind of got worried about her because she wasn’t doing mammograms. ... She wasn’t going to the doctor very often and cancer ran in our family. My grandmother had a form of breast cancer and I didn’t think my mom was taking any of that stuff seriously.”

He said he was able to get his mom to pay attention to the education information at the Masquerade event. That success and the success of the fundraiser prompted him to hold it again. He said he’s already making plans for next year.

“One motivation is to help other people. I am a believer that I am my brother’s keeper. I want to show other people, younger people, if they follow their dreams and work hard they can benefit other people, other than themselves,” Kendrick said.

Masquerade Ball

When: 6:30-11 p.m. Nov. 15

Where: Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Cost: $20 per person

Information: 478-742-2000 or 478-342-1289

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