African American Grand Finale Ball

The ultra, super, shiny, fantastic, spectacular Grand Finale African American Ball's final go after 26 years of service

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African American Grand Finale Ball

Photo By: CJ Jenkins.

Photo By: CJ Jenkins.

Photo By: CJ Jenkins.

CJ Jenkins, Staff Reporter

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The African American Grand Finale ball is a place where people go to celebrate the afterlife of African American history makers and/or singers. Two very intelligent women made this ball happen for all, as a fundraiser, but also for all to enjoy and learn.

My first time going, was, unfortunately, their last time hosting the ball after a great 26 years. The event was held at the Embassy Suites in Lexington on January 19th. I got to see wonderful performances and beautiful singing (which my mother was a part of). It’s a shame that this wonderful ball had to end, hopefully, one day, people can find something very closely related to this experience to replace this amazing fundraiser.

The Omegas

Fashion Show

The Main Hall

It was told to me that the African American Ball was ending for the basic fact that people demand more. The ball was meant to be a fundraiser for other projects, and people would volunteer to be part of the show. After 26 years of attending this ball, Debbie, one of the leaders of the fundraiser said, “People want to be ‘paid’ to help the fundraiser, or that the tickets are too expensive… ”  Also, only two women have been in charge of it all for 26 years (which is a long time).

The Ball’s goal of spreading African American culture and inviting people to enjoy the grand show has been met for 26 years, and Debbie still does do fundraisers but they will be different compared to this one.