June 12, 2013
Quinnites & Friends of the Quinnite Nation:
Quinnite Keelah Graves shows off a promotional tattoo from Classical 101.1 (photo courtesy of WRR-FM)
On behalf of Paul Quinn College and the Quinnite Nation, I would like to thank you for making last night a special evening. More than 1,000 people made time in their busy schedules to attend the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Community Concerts Series performance at Paul Quinn College. This number represents a 300% increase over last year's attendance and proves that the Paul Quinn College/Highland Hills community does support and appreciate an opportunity to participate in the arts.
While there were many aspects of the evening which were extraordinary, a few in particular stood out:
- The sight of Paul Quinn College Board Chair Bishop Vashti McKenzie and her husband Supervisor Stan McKenzie sitting in lawn chairs and wearing cowboy hats while enjoying the music;
- The large number of school and college age attendees;
- The demographic composition of the audience;
- The popularity of the food trucks;
- The looks on the faces of the incredible Paul Quinn College staff and students as they witnessed the fruit of their labor;
- All of the members of AME churches throughout the city;
- The great job National Alumni Association President Pat Johnson did in generating strong alumni participation;
- The presence of PQC's first-ever alumni member of the Texas Legislature, State Rep. Toni Rose;
- The attendance of DSO CEO Jonathan Martin; and
- Last, but certainly not least, watching Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Tennell Atkins, looking resplendent in his conductor's jacket, leading the DSO in a number.
Thank you for making last night an evening for the ages by, once again, proving that Dallas supports both the DSO and the Quinnite Nation.
Photo by Eddie Francis
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