Grammy nominated recording artist Eric Benet will be performing at the Orange Bowl Foundation 6th Annual "Field Of Dreams" Scholarship Benefit. The benefit, which will be held on Friday, March 28, 2008 at the Broward County Convention Center, will honor Miami’s own Alonzo and Tracy Morning. The Mournings who have made significant philanthropic contributions in the South Florida community are among several other honorees.
Eric whose latest release entitled Hurricane is in stores now, will be performing new songs and some old time favorites. "The premise of this album is wrapped up in its title," explains Eric. "It's about how everything I knew and loved was leveled and how something real and positive and beautiful emerged from the rubble. It's a chronicle of my life through the past five years...and coming out the other side."
On Hurricane, Eric Benét's harrowing and healing new album on Reprise Records/Friday Records, courage comes from honesty, vulnerability and a stubborn optimism that infuses every note and each word of these thirteen original tracks with hard-earned wisdom and an artistry drawn directly from life.
Five years is how long it's taken the Milwaukee native to follow-up his breakthrough 1999 album A Day In The Life featuring the Grammy®-nominated smash "Spend My Life With You." What followed was a high-profile marriage and an even more high-profile break-up that tested and tempered him as both an individual and an artist. It was also the creative impetus for the remarkable musical odyssey that comprises Hurricane.
Proceeds from the "Field of Dreams" Scholarship Benefit will be donated to the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Florida Region, whose Ft. Lauderdale chapter serves several UNCF schools such as Florida Memorial University, Edward Waters College and Bethune Cookman College. Proceeds from the benefit will provide academic scholarships to African-American South Florida high school seniors student athletes’ planning to attend a UNCF institution.
The Orange Bowl Keith Tribble Trailblazer Award goes to Alonzo and Tracy Mourning. Special recognition of the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce, The African-American Research Library and Tarra L. Pressey.
The Orange Bowl Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit organization created by the Orange Bowl Committee. The Foundation is responsible for managing and allocating grants, scholarships and charitable contributions to deserving South Florida organizations. The Orange Bowl Foundation's mission is to organize, sponsor, produce, promote and participate in educational opportunities, athletic contests, clinics, expositions and other similar programs and projects in order to enhance the lives of youth in South Florida communities.