POSTED: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 5:00am
UPDATED: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 5:05am
Baton Rouge, La — Rotary District 6200 will sponsor the 3rd annual Louisiana observance of Peace One Day, an international movement, at First United Methodist Church, corner of North and East Boulevards, Baton Rouge, on September 18th, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM.
Mayor "Kip" Holden will welcome the audience, with Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White to present Community Peace Awards to six outstanding volunteers across the District working to bring peace and non-violence. Hosted by the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge-Capital City, the “Musical Roots of Louisiana” ALL THAT JAZZ concert, will include music for all ages.
Back by popular demand is Jimmy Jules and his Jazz Band from Reserve, Louisiana, reprising an audience favorite: Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World.” Jules will also present the premier performance of his original composition, "Sow The Seed of Happiness".
The concert also features a Youth Jazz Band, along with Ms. Unkyoung Kim, the renowned local violinist from South Korea who first brought Peace One Day to Louisiana. Kim will play the offertory on her 1769 Vienna violin. She will be accompanied by Yung-chiao Wei on Contrabass. All musicians will play the closing number together as an orchestra, rounding out the event with the audience singing the poignant global favorite: "Let There Be Peace On Earth and Let It Begin With Me". Rev. Brady Whitton, Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church, will give the benediction. Immediately after the concert, guests are invited to a reception in the church Conference Center, to be catered by Heirloom Cuisine.
In keeping with Peace One Day’s goals, Rotary District 6200 – under the leadership of District Governor Mark Lacour and Peace and Service Chair Cheri McDaniel – has launched CHOICES, a school retention program. Over the past 26 years, CHOICES has been presented to over six million students across the. Held in 8th grade classrooms, these interactive 90-minute workshops empower teens to achieve academic success in pursuit of their career and life aspirations. The goal is to help keep students "into school," and to encourage them to complete an education to become self-supporting. More available at: www.CHOICES.org .
Donations made at or towards the concert will be used 100 percent for the CHOICES program. Corporations are stepping forward to fund CHOICES at a cost of only $5 per student. Tax exempt checks may be made payable to: Rotary District 6200 Foundation, with CHOICES designated on the check. Please mail donations to: 11616 Southfork Avenue Ste.300, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70816-5241.