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Kenny Lattimore to Headline at HT’s MASKED Gala

(AUSTIN, Texas) 1.23.12  Huston-Tillotson University’s Ninth Annual President’s Mankind Assisting Students Kindle Educational Dreams (MASKED) Gala, scheduled on Saturday, March 3, 2012, features Grammy-nominated artist Kenny Lattimore.  In addition, the recipient of the inaugural community service award will be announced during the black-tie affair with its dining, dancing, and silent auction components that also spotlights HT students.

Lattimore will perform audience favorites as well as showcase songs from his upcoming release. Whether putting a distinctive stamp on classic songs recorded by such musical icons as Donny Hathaway (“I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know”) and George Harrison (“While My Guitar Gently Weeps”), or creating his own legacy of hits such as “Never Too Busy,” and the wedding ballad “For You,” Lattimore’s style combines passion, sensuality, intensity and subtlety, making him one of today’s premier male vocalists.

 The MASKED gala has generated more than one million dollars for the University and featured up close and personal performances from artists such as Regina Belle, Will Downing, Johnny Gill, Jennifer Holliday, Najee, and Pieces of a Dream.  In addition, celebrity guest appearances from Earvin “Magic Johnson, Judge Mablean Ephriam, and Emmanuel Lewis have headlined the University’s signature event. Corporate sponsors to date are as follows:  Underwriter, Vista Equity Partners; Platinum Sponsor, Time Warner Cable of Austin;  Gold Sponsors, Carter Design Associates and The University of Texas at Austin/Office of the President and Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Engagement; Silver Sponsors, Austin Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Philip and Donna Berber, Hawkins Public Policy Consulting, Louis M. Henna, John P. McGovern Foundation, Sterling Acura of Austin, and Wells Fargo Bank; and Bronze Sponsors, Don W. Brown, Heritage Title Company of Austin, Frost Bank, Greater Texas Federal Credit Union, Larry L. Earvin, Carol L. McDonald, C. Mark Meilliar-Smith, Regions Bank, Seton Family of Hospitals, and Sovereign Bank.

A mask is required to attend the event that will be held at the Hilton Austin Hotel, 500 East 4th Street. For more information, or to make reservations, call 512.505.3073 or visit the Web site.