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The Ithaca community is invited to the 2019 Millicent Clarke-Maynard Multicultural Dinner and Annual Fundraiser from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 2 at Beverly J. Martin Elementary School.

The event typically draws hundreds of attendees for an evening of entertainment, live music, dancing, a silent auction, raffles, and a full buffet of diverse, delicious foods that represent the multi-faceted Ithaca community.

The Multicultural Dinner is a celebration of the many voices that make up our community, and is the largest annual fundraising event to benefit the students of Beverly J. Martin Elementary School. The event is held in honor of Ms. Millicent Clarke-Maynard, in appreciation for her years of work in the Ithaca community with children and families, and her dedication to equity, access, and education as a human right for all.

This year, entertainment will include performances by an African drumming and dance group led by Dr. Baruch Whitehead, the VOICES Multicultural Chorus, Venissa Santi, and the Ithaca New Music Collective.

Silent auction gift cards and baskets have been donated by Agava, Coltivare, Satori Spa, Gimme! Coffee, the Hangar Theatre, Head over Heels, Ithaca Beer Company, Maxie’s Supper Club, Petrune, the State Theatre, Wegmans, and more!

This event is a fun, festive, joyful night of music, food, and community. A suggested donation of $5 per person will be taken at the door, but all members of the community are invited and encouraged to come regardless of their ability to donate. All proceeds will benefit BJM Families Together PTA, an organization dedicated to supporting the students of Beverly J. Martin Elementary School.

Organizations who would like to donate food for the buffet or items for the silent auction should contact Mariellen Brown at

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