Bar-Kays 50th Anniversary Gala



Dear Bar-Kays Supporter/Community Business Leader/Potential Sponsor:

The year of 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the Bar-Kays and in honor of their anniversary, they have chosen to give back to the community that has displayed so much support for them over the last five decades. On behalf of the Bar-Kays’ nonprofit organization, the Bar-Kays Foundation, we invite you to join other community business leaders in supporting the Bar-Kays coined “Fab Five” organizations: Down Syndrome Association of Memphis, United Way of the Mid-South, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital/ALSAC, Stax Music Academy and the Allen Jones/Marjorie Barringer/Bar-Kays Scholarship Fund in support of  LeMoyne Owen College.  Events will be held throughout the year in the Memphis area to continue the Bar-Kays celebration and to assist in providing additional resources for the “Fab Five” organizations as they continue to impact the community, change lives and offer educational opportunities to those in need in Memphis and the Mid-South. The celebration will culminate with a grand year-end gala.

Join us as we celebrate this commemorative occasion at the Bar-Kays 50th Anniversary Gala on December 4, 2014 at The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts and Memphis Cook Convention Center. The “Memory Lane” Reception with appetizers and cocktails starts at 6 p.m. followed by the star-studded Gala which will include live entertainment and tributes to the Bar-Kays beginning at 8 p.m. The VIP Experience in the ball room of the Cook Convention Center includes appetizers, light supper, dessert, cocktails, dancing, and live music at 10 p.m. We are expecting an attendance of over 5000 people to participate in this memorable celebration.

Among the many ways that an individual, organiziation or company can get involved include sponsoring the Gala event, advertising in the souvenir program booklet, and/or making an in-kind or financial contribution.

By becoming a sponsor or donor, your organization will be making a generous contribution to the Bar-Kays Foundation which will help fulfill the vision of James Alexander and Larry Dodson of The Bar-Kays while positively impacting families affected by down syndrome, minority students in pursuit of higher education and children from across the mid-south who are victims of illness at the mercy of St. Jude as well as helping our verterans and the many arms of United Way. Your support is greatly appreciated for this event. Donations are 100% tax-deductible.

We believe that this is truly an excellent opportunity for your company or organization to gain exposure to an audience of successful individuals.  Your generous contribution will assist The Bar-Kays Foundation in its quest to assist in improving and maintaining the programs and services that are offered by the Fab Five organizations.

This event will provide an opportunity for corporate sponsors, advertisers and donors to:

  • Gain or expand visibility in the community
  • Participate in a successful high-profile community event
  • Support an event that directly benefits the community

The Bar-Kays Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that can accept contributions from your personal, corporate or foundation account as all donations are tax deductible and receipts for tax purposes are available upon request.

Your commitment, large or small, will help impact the lives of so many in the city of Memphis and the Mid-South. We hope that you will join our partnership in helping the “Fab Five” meet their needs. Your contributions will help with a variety of projects and initiatives to support these community-based organizations.

Recognizing these are tough economic times, we appreciate any and all gifts. On behalf of The Bar-Kays, The Bar-Kays Foundation and the 50th Anniversary Celebration Committee, thank you for your support and best wishes.  We will be in touch soon to follow up with you.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or requests.

Kindest Regards,

Larry Dodson, Sr
The Bar-Kays Foundation

James Alexander
The Bar-Kays Foundation

Larry Dodson, Jr.
The Bar-Kays Foundation
Committee Chairman

Cliff Dates 
The Bar-Kays Foundation
Committee Vice Chairman

The Bar-Kays Foundation | 1085 Palmer Rd. Memphis, TN 38116

Phone: 901-396-6522 | Fax: 901-332-8643