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Slavery Museum schedules New York City fundraiser with actor-dancer Ben Vereen
Slavery Museum schedules New York City fundraiser with actor-dancer Ben Vereen

Date published: 12/15/2005

By Pamela Gould

Slavery Museum plans New York fundraiser

The U.S National Slavery Museum will hold a fundraising gala featuring entertainer Ben Vereen in New York City Feb. 19, the museum's spokesman said yesterday.

The goal of the event at the Lincoln Center is to raise between $750,000 and $1 million, spokesman Michael J. Smith said. Five hundred tickets are being sold for $250 apiece, but the bulk of the money raised is expected to come from corporate donations, Smith said.

The event will begin with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. Vereen's two-hour show follows at 7 p.m. He will be performing his Sammy Davis Jr. program, which features the songs and dances the late entertainer used in his Las Vegas routines, Smith said.

Invitations will be sent to museum supporters starting in January, Smith said. Anyone interested in purchasing tickets can contact the U.S. National Slavery Museum at 548-8818.

--Pamela Gould