Hampton U. fans anticipate getting thrills they want at gala

By Brian Sprowl

The Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute hosted its first annual Gala of Hope on Friday, Oct. 5. The event took place at the Hampton Roads Convention Center from 6:30 to 11 p.m.

This year, the gala had Philadelphia International Records artist Eddie LeVert of the O'Jays. LeVert is known for '70s hits such as "Darlin' Darlin' Baby," "Family Reunion" and "Give the People What They Want."

LeVert is not unfamiliar to the Hampton crowd. He was a performer at President William R. Harvey's 25th anniversary gala in 2003.

"He is an awesome entertainer," said Joy Jefferson, HU vice president of external relations. "He caters to the age of the crowd, and meets their needs." People were still buzzing over that performance, said Jefferson, and looked forward to his return to Hampton.

Individual tickets for the event were $250, while tickets for couples are $450. Proceeds earned at the event are to go directly to the treatment of cancer patients and to further cancer research.

The writer is a student in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.

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