- J. Moore High Alumni Association (AJMSHAA) received several suggestions for its first fundraiser and the suggestions were discussed and researched.
Israel Anderson suggested that we plan a fundraiser around a concert by 1964 classmate Joan Holbert Hubert. Since Israel had already made preliminary inquiries and received a go-ahead from Mrs. Hubert, it was decided that we would look into this possibility. Bettie Beard suggested that we seek a collaboration with Creative Waco since this past September Waco — having received the highest score out of twelve applicants — was designated as a Cultural Arts District by the State of Texas.
It was agreed that Bettie Beard would set up a meeting for the group who were designated as the Benefits Concert Committee.
The meeting was held in October at the Baylor Club with President Wayman Dever, Vice-President Bettie Beard, Treasurer Allen Kuykendall, Israel Anderson, Alex Wheeler (AJMHSAA Benefits Concert Committee) and Fiona Bond, Coordinator Waco Arts Alliance. The meeting was very productive and Waco Arts Alliance Coordinator Fiona Bond shared a copy of the inquiry she made to Waco Hippodrome on behalf of A. J. Moore High School Alumni Association which reads in part:
“… I wanted to connect with you following a conversation I had today with leaders of the AJ Moore Alumni Association. They are wanting to organize an evening event featuring well-known Texas soprano, Joan Holbert Hubert, a top notch gospel group and hopefully the Baylor Jazz ensemble and Bob Darden – whose Black Gospel Music Restoration Project is now in the Smithsonian’s new Museum of African American History. Their goals at this early stage are:
1/ To showcase a famous singer from Waco who has “made it big”.
2/ To bring AJ Moore Alumni back to Waco for this event
3/ To connect cultural organizations across our community
4/ To create an event with universal appeal across Waco’s music–loving community.
… I think this event would be a wonderful opportunity to create a unique cultural experience and develop new audiences at the Hippodrome.
The event is also intended to be a fund raiser for future cultural events, too, so we would be looking to charge a modest amount for tickets. …”
Recent response from the Amy Gillham, Hippodrome:
“Thank you for thinking of us for the AJ Moore Alumni Gala. I student taught there while I was at Baylor and hold a special place for the school! April 23, 29, 30, or May 19, 21 would all be dates to look at. Let me know if y’all would like to meet with Casey and I sometime soon to discuss event details. ..”
We are so very excited about this and all of the possibilities this collaboration can have for AJMHSAA. The Downtown Cultural Arts District is a very important part of Waco and A. J. Moore High School always had a rich tradition of educating and producing excellent talented achievers. This should be a great match! Our very own talented Joan Holbert Hubert is just one of the talented many who received training from some of the best music teachers in the state. Quoting Israel Anderson “Joan Holbert Hubert is a living testament to the level of excellence that A. J. Moore High School was imbued. Joan’s performances are an example of the superior standard which was encouraged and nurtured by our very talented music teachers.”
Yes, we Moore High Alumni are privileged to be a part of many rich traditions, and now we have an opportunity to share a part of our legacy with many others in the Waco community and beyond.
Though we are still in the planning phase, we hope to soon be able to announce that you can add this event to your calendars (most likely one of the May dates).
We are looking forward to the more dynamic alumni engagement where our new non-profit corporation provides us with more opportunities to shape our own legacy.
Bettie V. Beard