Legacy foundation honors past, invests in future with annual Red & Black Ball


Saturday marks the fifth annual Red & Black Ball hosted by the Kilgore Legacy Foundation – time passes quickly, Will Vinson says, underscoring the need to support future generations now and educate them about the past.

Immediately following Black History Month, “It creates an atmosphere of awareness, specifically for young people that don’t know about the struggles,” the foundation’s president said Tuesday. “They can keep it as a part of history, where our predecessors came from to where we are now.

“The other thing is, we can help somebody in the community, we can create an atmosphere where we give back.”

This year’s event will feature a wide array of entertainers in Kilgore College’s Devall Student Center Ballroom from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. March 3 as the foundation raises money to support its ongoing scholarship program.

“We’ve got a few little surprises. We’re going to have a night of fun, laughter, food, fellowship,” Vinson said. “All that want to dance can dance.”

With dinner from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. by The Designer That Caters – “Adding a little twist,” Vinson noted – the evening’s program revolves around the presentation of the 2018 Juneteenth Queen, selected through an essay contest. The winner will wear the crown during Kilgore Legacy Foundation’s next event June 19.

“We make sure everybody’s good and full, then we entertain.”

The entertainment rosters includes Gospel singer Bernadette Stevens of Lafayette, Louisiana, in addition to saxophone player Maurice Curtis of Dallas and vocalist Ashley Clements from Jefferson. Comedienne Lisa Elliott is coming in from Houston to help liven up the night while local Reggie Bell serves as DJ.

“It’s a pretty nice lineup. We just hope everybody enjoys themselves.”

Tickets for the Red & Black Ball are still available for $35 each and can be picked up at Will’s Clip Joint at 209 S. Martin, the meeting place of the Kilgore Legacy Foundation. To reserve a ticket, call 903-983-0089.

Funds raised go toward the scholarship program, benefiting a $750 annual award.

“We have been able to bless four individuals to help them with a scholarship,” Vinson said. “We depend on donors to help us out.”

For more information, contact Vinson at 903-738-1666.