Pre-party at the Winspear Opera House
CitySquare CEO Larry James, Jennifer Hudson, Brenda James
Event Co-chairs: Sherel Riley, Tiffany Touchstone-Hawkins and Wendy Messmann
Stephanie Fox and Nick Sowell
Kevin and Jill Williams
Tina Coles and Sarah Carroll
Peggy Wehmeyer and Robin Blakeley
Tanya and Tarik Rodgers
Kevin and Kay Thomason
Matt Laughland and Brian Curtis
John and Linda Halbert
Lindsay Pierson, Dave Shipley and Cathy Shipley
Scott Kahn and Chuck Steelman
Charmaine Tang and Shonn Brown
What: CitySquare’s A Night To Remember 2017
Where: The Winspear Opera House
PC Moment: CitySquare brought Jennifer Hudson to the Winspear Opera House on September 9 for A Night to Remember, the nonprofit’s annual fundraiser. The Grammy and Academy Award-winning singer and actress gave a spirited performance which included songs from her DreamGirls days to hits from her most recent album, JHUD.
“There’s Jennifer Hudson and then there’s J-Hud,” she explained as she took the stage. “Jennifer Hudson is the Academy Award winner,” J-Hud is her more down-to-earth persona.
“Tonight I’m JHud. But you’ll get a little Jennifer Hudson too,” she joked.
Accompanied by an equally talented band, Hudson turned the opera house into a booming dance party with her soulful sounds. As the show neared its end, the DreamGirl hopped down from the stage and danced her way down the aisles, making friends with audience members and belting out “It’s Your World.” Following a standing ovation, the singer concluded the evening with a powerful rendition of Prince’s “Purple Rain.” The Winspear’s massive chandelier took on a lilac hue and cascaded from the ceiling during the song for a dramatic finish.
The concert was preceded by a VIP Party to celebrate major donors and sponsors in Hamon Hall.
Who: Event Co-chairs Sherel Riley, Tiffany Touchstone-Hawkins and Wendy Messmann, plus CitySquare CEO Larry James orchestrated things.