One of its premier efforts is the Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars Program, which is named for two doctors, a father and son, and is dedicated to helping students who are hungry to learn but lack the financing.
The doctors’ names have been turned into an acronym — Youth Organized to Understand New Goals — and each year the program helps 250 students in grades 7-12 prepare for high school graduation and college. It’s a program that works; over the last five years, participants have had a 100 percent high school graduation rate and earned more than 100 undergraduate and graduate college degrees.
Music plays a role. Of course it does, because there’s nothing music can’t do. Tonight’s 18th annual Evening of Jazz will be held in the Kentucky Center’s Bomhard Theater, with proceeds to benefit the Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars Program. Tickets are $100, $75 of which is tax-deductible.
Dick Sisto & The Latin Jazz All Stars will perform at 7 p.m., following a 5:30 reception. Sisto, a vibraphonist, will be joined by drummer Kenny Phelps, pianist Steve Allee, saxophonist Eddie Bayard, bassist Jeremy Allen and percussionist Raul Padro.
The Spirit of Excellence Award will also be presented to state Sen. Gerald Neal and his wife, Kathy. The Neals are also in the scholarship business, helping students get into college through their Kentucky Minority Scholarship Fund.