"What a beautiful, moving and thrilling event..."

How do you surpass your Auburn, NY 2014 fundraiser affair with a 2015 event when both affairs shared the same theme and venue???!!!

Answer: You kick it up several notches.

"In the Spirit of the Harlem Renaissance...Revisted, 2015,"  was an event rarely seen, if ever seen in Auburn, NY.  Uptown met downtown.  Downstate met upstate. 

Poets, writers and spoken word performers enhanced by the piano stylings of Andy Rudy created an evening that transported the audience back to the days of the Harlem Renaissance. 

Here are some photos:


(Left to Right)  William E Berry, Jr, Raymond Nat Turner, Catherine C. Poku, Tearz, Kevin Jenkins, Heidi Nightengale, Cyd Charisse Fulton, Bobbie Dumas Panek, Howard Nelson, Lisa Brennan

bill berry, opens the evening

Cyd Charisse Fulton, aaduna contributing poet

Howard Nelson, aaduna featured guest poet

Dr. Kevin Jenkins, aaduna contributing poet

Heidi Nightengale, aaduna featured guest poet

Tearz, aka Julian Foster, aaduna featured spoken word performer

Bobbie Dumas Panek, aaduna featured poet and writer

Catherine C. Poku, aaduna featured poet and writer

Catherine C. Poku, Dr. Kevin Jenkins and Cyd Charisse Fulton

Raymond Nat Turner and Cynthia Aikman

Bobbie Dumas Panek, Heidi Nightengale, Catherine C. Poku, and Teresa Motz

bill berry jr and Tearz

Catherine C. Poku and Mikey Brennan

Guests Zac Hansen, Mrs. Florence Smith, and Jack Hardy

Julisa Stone/docent and Kirsten Wise/curator, Cayuga Museum

Guests and audience members in the spirit of the Harlem Renaissance

Guests Mark Berry and John Kingsley

Guests Mark Berry and Patricia D'agostino

Raymond Nat Turner

Guests with aaduna BOD member, Sheila Applegate (4th from left) with daughter Sarah 

Dr. Kevin Jenkins signs his chapbook for Glenda Neff

aaduna friends, Ron & Toni Van Nostrand

Andy Rudy, versatile multi instrumentalist, provided lively musical entertainment throughout the evening!


bill berry with Kirsten Wise  

This event, presented by aaduna Inc., was funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc., with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. 

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  1. I've seen a couple of other events at other places, but this was my first time in here. It was amazing! Great venue, it's smaller than those bigger places but it is still a fair sized venue. Food at best nightclub nyc was great and I think it's recently renovated - it didn't seem old or anything.


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