Grammy award-winning recording artist Cassandra Wilson will headline the third annual ‘Saving Grace’ on Thursday August 22, 2013, at St. James Episcopal Church’s Fowler Hall in Fondren. The event is from 5pm until 9pm.
Saving Grace is an evening of food and drink, world-class entertainment and dancing, all to benefit Grace House, “A Place for Living”, a home in inner-city Jackson for homeless adults with HIV/AIDS.
Tapas will be donated, prepared and served by Sugar Magnolia Catering. Musical performances include Mississippi favorites Bill and Temperance, serving up bluegrass and Americana and acclaimed baritone James Martin, whose repertoire ranges from opera and Broadway to jazz and blues.
Wilson, the artist recognized by Time magazine as “America’s Best Singer”, will take the stage with her band for a “hometown” concert performance at 7pm.
Immediately afterward, concert seating will be converted to a dance floor for Salsa and Latin dancing with “Latinismo!”, Mississippi’s premier Latin band.
According to musical coordinator Raphael Semmes “Saving Grace is a truly unique event in this area, offering not only delicious food and a full service bar with wine and beer, but an eclectic offering of music for most every taste. Add to all that a chance to wind up the night on the dance floor, and I believe you have an evening unlike any other you’re likely to experience this year”.
Semmes also notes the gravity of a Cassandra Wilson performance. “We feel so fortunate and honored that Cassandra will be with us and we are so grateful to her for making it happen,” he says.
Grace House Director of Development Reverend Molly Mac Wade says the mission and ministry of Grace House is to provide residents with a safe home and community that nourishes both body and spirit as they learn about acceptance and love.
Of the fundraiser, staff member Teresa Viramontez says “Saving Grace will benefit the new kitchen which will allow the residents to come together as a family with dignity and without fear.”
“We hope everyone who loves good food and music will attend Saving Grace,” Seemes says. “In addition to this being a one-of-a-kind event, it’s also a tremendous boon to Grace House.”
Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door and are available at a number of locations including Beemon’s Drug Store, Wells Church and St. James, St. Philips and St. Andrews Episcopal Churches.