Opening Nights Garners Walmart Sponsorship

Enabling the organization to host Boys & Girls Club Members for annual Prism concert
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Photos Courtesy of Opening Nights at FSU

A grant from the Walmart Foundation is enabling 100 members of the Boys & Girls Club of the Big Bend to attend the PRISM show, part of Opening Nights at Florida State University, this Sunday, April 11 at 2pm. The Boys & Girls Club members will also be provided lunch and enjoy an educational program prior to the performance.

“As part of our commitment to supporting education, I am thrilled Walmart can partner with Opening Nights to offer Boys and Girls Club members this arts experiential learning opportunity,” said Monesia T. Brown, Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations for Walmart. “We believe exposing students to a variety of experiences – especially in arts and music will inspire and encourage them throughout their lives.”

Before the concert, members of the Boys and Girls Club will be treated to an educational program about the different instrument families in the band led by Thomas Willmann, a graduate assistant at the College of Music. FSU Marching Chiefs and music student leaders will demonstrate the variety of instruments, play some recognizable FSU music, and share the unique experiences that led to their music careers.

Opening Nights and Walmart partnered in 2020 to provide the Boys & Girls Club of the Big Bend the opportunity to attend the PRISM concert. Due to the success of the event last year, Opening Nights and Walmart are partnering again.

“Our students had a great time last year,” said Kacy Dennis, Director of Operations for the Boys & Girls Club of the Big Bend. “This kind of in-person, experiential educational programming and performance is inspirational and eye opening for our students. Given that this past year has been so challenging because of the pandemic, the kids are looking forward to being able to attend this event and have some fun!”


Sunday, April 11, Donald L. Tucker Civic Center 

Noon: Boys and Girls Club arrive at the Tucker Center for a boxed lunch

1:00 p.m. Educational program with Thomas Willmann and members of the Marching Chiefs.

2:00 p.m. PRISM concert begins

Categories: Music