The sounds of Duke Ellington and other great jazz artists came to Clayton recently at a fundraiser at American Legion Post 71.
The jazz brunch benefited the numerous community-service projects of Serve the Need in Johnston County and the Johnston County Alumni Chapter of N.C. Central University. The two nonprofits came together to raise money for their service programs and for scholarships to attend N.C. Central.
The NCCU Jazz Ensemble performed. The audience included community leaders. Supporters also came from Robeson and Wake counties, Maryland and Virginia.
Serve the Need’s “Lend a Hand” program has built more than 90 wheelchair ramps and made several home repairs. The nonprofit also supplies food to the Backpack Buddies program at Selma Middle School. Through a partnership with local businesses, churches and other groups, Serve the Need hosts an annual Thanksgiving meal for the needy.
Support for the jazz brunch came from Compare Foods, McCall’s Bar-B-Q & Seafood, Food Lion, Sherry’s Signature Cheesecakes, E.G. Forrest Co., Eagleland/Marvin Bass & Colleagues and Zaxby’s.
After the brunch, Serve the Need President Royal Williams said: “The brunch generated support from several businesses and many concerned individuals and was so helpful to our mission. This was a great partnership for both Serve the Need and the Johnston County Alumni Chapter of NCCU.”