The Hylton Center Announces Virtual 10th Anniversary Celebration July 18

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Hylton Performing Arts Center announces a virtual 10th Anniversary Celebration, to be held online July 18. The event features exclusive live performances, a Raise Your Paddle fundraiser, and a home-delivered catered meal catered by Susgan Gage Caterers, complete with a bottle of wine. This fundraising event provides critical support to artistic performances, arts education programs, and outreach initiatives, as well as the Hylton Center’s Endowment. The virtual 10th Anniversary Celebration is being held in lieu of the in-person 10th Anniversary Gala, originally planned for April 18 at the Hylton Center.

The 10th Anniversary Celebration will honor Odin, Feldman & Pittleman, P.C. This firm has made many contributions to the Hylton Center, George Mason University and the community through their ongoing philanthropic support and volunteer leadership. The 10th Anniversary Celebration is supported by many regional businesses and individual donors, including Presenting Sponsor Compton & Duling.

Virtual Event

The virtual event will begin at 6:30 p.m. It will include a tribute to this year’s honorees, and remarks from the Hylton Center’s and George Mason University’s leadership. The evening’s special performances will feature a live performance by Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. Mason’s own jazz vocalist, Darden Purcell, will also make an appearance. The evening will also include a Raise Your Paddle fundraiser supporting the Hylton Center’s Education Initiative.

The Celebration honors the Hylton Center’s mission to stimulate and transform the cultural and economic vitality of our region by presenting diverse performances and programs of high quality and artistic excellence to inspire, educate, enrich, and enhance the community.

About the Artists

Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. are the voices, original stars, and lead singers of the legendary group The 5th Dimension.  After leaving The 5th Dimension in 1975, Marilyn and Billy recorded “You Don’t Have to be a Star (to Be in My Show),” a chart topping number 1 record, which won them their own Grammy® Award and a television series on CBS.  They are named by Billboard “The First Couple of Pop and Soul.”  Billy devoted his efforts to a successful gospel music career, and Marilyn performed in television’s “Solid Gold.” They have received a total of seven Grammy® Awards, earned 15 gold and three platinum records.

Darden Purcell is a Washington, D.C. based jazz vocalist, multi-faceted musician, band leader, vocal instructor, and active featured soloist with symphony orchestras, big bands and small ensembles across the country.  Dr. Purcell is the Director of Jazz Studies and Jazz Voice at George Mason University.


A limited number of tickets are still available. Ticket levels include Full Access for $300, which includes a home delivered meal and wine, and a View-Only ticket for $50, which includes access to the live broadcast.

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