Tom Joyner Foundation to Host ‘Art & Hors d’Oeuvres’ Reception to Raise Money for Florida Memorial University

As part of its on-going commitment to education and black art, the Tom Joyner Foundation is hosting an “Art & Hors d’Oeuvres” fundraiser to raise money to help students at Florida Memorial University.

The event, brought to you by Tom Joyner and SouthStreet Miami, will take place between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday, April 5 at the Purvis Young Museum, 255 NW 23rd Street, Miami, Fla. Tickets will cost $40 per person in advance or $50 at the door. They can be purchased online at (

John Solomon Sandridge (, is a nationally acclaimed painter/sculptor, who was the first and only African American to secure an exclusive contract with Coco-Cola and produced many paintings used on various objects. Other local artists, including Robert McKnight, Loni Johnson and Neith Nevelson, will be among the other artists who will be donating proceeds from the sales of their work to the Tom Joyner Foundation School of the Month campaign for Florida Memorial University. Dr. Mary A. O’Banner, Florida Memorial University’s acting president, alumni and other university administrators will attend. Local social, business and civic leaders are invited to attend.

Florida Memorial is the Foundation’s April School of the Month at which time the university will be part of a nationally publicized fundraising campaign promoted by the Tom Joyner Morning Show, heard in more than 100 markets around the country reaching more than 8 million listeners every week. HOT105-FM, home of the Tom Joyner Morning Show, also will be at the reception.

The FMU Jazz Quartet and other special guests are scheduled to appear.

For those unable to attend, there is a Pre-Cruise Online Art Auction featuring artwork provided by Gallery Guichard of Chicago, Ill. at

About The Tom Joyner Foundation
The Tom Joyner Foundation’s ( primary mission is helping to keep students enrolled in Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs.) Since 1998, the foundation, chaired by nationally syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner, has raised more than $60 million to help keep students enrolled in black colleges, has assisted more than 21,000 students and worked with more than 100 HBCUs. Throughout the week, the Foundation announces scholarship winners on the nationally syndicated radio show hosted by its founder, Tom Joyner. Each week, separate financial awards are focused on students who are single parents and distinguished male students at each ‘School of the Month’.

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