Carver Community Center can give you hundreds of good reasons to stuff yourself with ribs and enjoy a free concert in the park next week.
Proceeds from next weekend’s Ribfest will help Carver Community Center provide affordable after-school programs for hundreds of kids in the community.
It’s Carver’s biggest fundraiser of the year, bringing in about $20,000 for the organization in a typical year.
This year, Carver will use some of those dollars to fund two new programs for kids.
Kokomo Art Association representatives are now coming to Carver every week to teach an art class for youth, said Carver Center Executive Director Dennis Morgan. Anywhere from 10 to 25 children show up for the classes. Wednesday night’s class included a group of boys who showed up without any prompting, which is a big deal, Morgan said.
“It warmed me to see five boys participating in it,” he said.
The class will eventually paint a mural outside the Carver Center building, he said.
Carver Center also brought in a new hip hop class three weeks ago. Morgan said that one’s been popular, drawing in as many as 30 kids a week. These are kids of all ages, from 6 to 16, he said.
And in case you want to see how your donations will be used, the hip hop class will be performing for people Friday night at Ribfest. Morgan said they’ll dance to Pharrell Williams’ “Happy.”
The main attraction for Ribfest this year is the Booker T. concert.
It can be argued that it was Booker T. Jones who set the cast for modern soul music and is largely responsible for its rise and enduring popularity. On classic Stax hits like “Green Onions,” “Hang ‘Em High,” “Time Is Tight,” and “Melting Pot,” the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Musicians Hall of Fame inductee and GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award recipient pushed the music’s boundaries, refined it to its essence and then injected it into the nation’s bloodstream, according to the musician’s website.