Singer, songwriter and record producer Evelyn "Champagne" King will headline Claflin University’s 24th Annual Presidential Scholarship Gala.
The gala will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, in the Tullis Arena of the Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Physical Education Center.
King is best known for her hit disco single "Shame," which was released in 1978 during the height of disco's popularity. King had other hits from the 1980s, including "I'm in Love" and "Love Come Down."
The gala has raised more than $3.2 million since its inception to benefit the university’s Presidential Scholars. The scholars are high-achieving students who receive full tuition, room and board, and a book stipend as a result of their outstanding academic accomplishments.
Additional activities and events will be held on campus and throughout the city of Orangeburg beginning Saturday, Nov. 11, to mark Claflin’s homecoming.
Other activities include a 5K Walk and Run, golf classic to raise money for student scholarships, the homecoming parade, various step shows, a men's and women's basketball doubleheader tournament and the Annual Founders' Day Convocation.
Tickets for the Presidential Scholarship Gala may be purchased online by visiting Claflin.edu. For more information about the gala, call 803-535-5722 or 803-535-5376.