The Miles Davis Memorial Committee will unveil a sculpture of world-renowned jazz musician, Miles Davis, at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, on West Third Street in downtown Alton. Festivities will begin at 5 p.m.
The Miles Davis Memorial Project’s fund-raiser, Kind of Blue Dinner and Auction, in March raised more than $20,000.
To date the project has received funds from the community of nearly $48,000; its goal is about $150,000.
The organization’s goal this summer is to raise enough funds to get Preston Jackson, its commissioned artist, started on the sculpture. It will take about six months to complete. During that six-month period the organization will continue to raise funds to prepare the site. In order to get the project started, the organization needs to raise an additional $28,610.
In recognition of Miles Davis’ birthday May 26, 1926, the organization will offer a free T-shirt with the purchase of a 4- by 8-inch memorial brick ($75) or a 12- by 12-inch granite block ($400). You may use the brick form in AdVantage News and mail it along with your check to Miles Davis Memorial Project, c/o Pride, Inc., 5800 Godfrey Road/Alden Hall, Godfrey, IL 62035. This offer applies only from May 1 through May 31. Brick forms may also be picked up at the office of Pride Inc. or the Alton Convention and Visitors Bureau. They must be post marked no earlier than May 1 and no later than May 31. T-shirt sizes and inventory are limited. They will be available to pick up at the Pride Office at 5800 Godfrey Road/Alden Hall, Godfrey, or the Alton Convention and Visitors Bureau at 200 Piasa St., Alton. Mailing requests will incur an additional $10 fee for postage and handling and must be included with the brick order. The only color available is blue. This offer does not apply to previously purchased bricks or blocks. Purchases may also be made online.
For information and available sponsorship donation levels, go online at www.prideincorporated.org and click on Miles Davis, then click on “donate now” to use your credit card to make a donation or call 618-467-2375.