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Masquerade Ball to support Doleman Black Heritage Museum

Masquerade Ball to support Doleman Black Heritage Museum

A Hagerstown-based non-profit organization has a lot to celebrate on Saturday, Nov. 2, at its annual fundraising event.

The Friends of the Doleman Black Heritage Museum will present their 12th annual Masquerade Ball with a Cotton Club Twist from 8 p.m. to midnight, at the Cortland Mansion, 19411 Cortland Drive, Hagerstown.

“This year we celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Doleman family collection, the 10th anniversary of the organization, and the official debut of the second edition of Mrs. Doleman’s 1976 publication of ‘We the Black’s of Washington County,’” said Alesia Parson-McBean, projects director for the Doleman Black Heritage Museum.

Parson-McBean added that there will also be an unveiling of a portrait of Mr. and Mrs. Doleman as well as an artist’s rendition of the future museum site on Pennsylvania Avenue in Hagerstown by artist Dan Kennedy.

She said the event typically draws 200 people annually.

“Our culturally conscious and diverse group of attendees support the DBHM mission to preserve local African-American history and culture. They also attend for the latest updates on the status of the organization and the unveilings of new marketing materials that support the Doleman collection,” Parson-McBean explained.

She said the organization is proud of the entertainment lineup they have offered at the event over the years.

“We have used internationally-known R&B and jazz artists as well as local and regional bands, dancers, and choirs for our events,” Parson-McBean said.

This year, the event will feature Anthony “Tony” Flournoy, owner of Full Throttle Entertainment, which Parson-McBean describes as a singer and entertainer.

“He hails from Alabama, with Trinidadian roots, and grew up in the DMV area and his musical skills and talent reflect this diverse mix. With more than 20 years in the business, he can tailor and meet any entertainment needs for any type of event and crowd,” Parson-McBean said.

Assistant Secretary of the Department of Commerce Tom Riford will be the master of ceremony for the event.

“Tom has been a supporter of the museum since its inception in 2008. This is his third time as emcee for the ball and he was also the emcee for our Music on the Plaza Series held at University Plaza,” Parson-McBean said.

This year’s event is being held in loving memory of former Hagerstown residents Fitzgerald “Bubba” Chung and Frances V. Bell and siblings, Reginald Keyes and Mary “Sissy” Rideout.

“Those to whom we dedicate this program to are members of the community that were a former guest of the ball and other events sponsored by the museum,” Parson-McBean said.

The event will also feature raffle prizes, dancing, photography by Youngblood Studios as well as food and drinks provided by 5 Tara Authentic Indian Cuisine, Brunched Around the World and Be Catered.

This year’s event is sponsored by PNC Bank, Hagerstown-Washington Convention Visitors Bureau and Martin’s Foods/Giant.

Table Sponsors are AC&T, Antietam Broadband, City of Hagerstown, Washington County Commissioners, B.P. Lesky, Younger Toyota, Alesia Parson-McBean, Carter Fielder Trucking and Potomac Chapter of AFCOM Co.

“Funds raised through this event allow the museum to raise operational funding and awareness,” Parson-McBean said.

Doors open at 7 p.m. for cocktail hour. Tickets to the event are $50 each and can be purchased by calling Janice Kelsh at 240-291-0523 or through the support page on the organization’s website dolemanblackheritage museum.org.

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