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Freelon ALS Fund presents Design a World Without ALS Benefit Concert

Freelon ALS Fund

Durham, NC – The Freelon ALS Fund and friends invite you to the Design a World Without ALS Benefit Concert. The concert, featuring Nnenna Freelon with special guests Take 6, Regina Carter, John Brown Little Big Band, NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble and more, will take place Thursday April 20 at 7 pm in the Carolina Theatre.

This event is part of our campaign to raise $250,000.00 to benefit ALS research. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a neuromuscular disorder with no known cure because it is “underfunded.”

The dollars raised will support critical research at the Duke ALS clinic headed by Dr. Richard Bedlack, who states, “We share the Freelon’s goal of designing a world without ALS.  We believe this goal can and will be accomplished through research.  The more funding we have now, the faster we will get answers from our existing research projects.”

The event will celebrate the life of Durham-based architect, educator, and business leader Phil Freelon who was diagnosed with ALS last year. Phil led the planning and design team for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.  Phil Freelon’s projects include the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture in Charlotte and Emancipation Park in Houston.

Bringing great design to public spaces has long been a hallmark of Freelon’s practice.  Always the design thinker, Freelon is now focusing his creative energy on the challenge of increasing ALS research funding. Phil says, “As designers, we think of problems as opportunities for the exploration of creative solutions. Our hope is that the funds raised during this campaign will enable new and on-going initiatives at the Duke ALS Center.”

Here’s how you can help DESIGN A WORLD WITHOUT ALS

Make a donation:

Make a tax-deductible donation online at: Freelon ALS Fund

Or mail a check to:

Duke University School of Medicine

(On the memo line, please write: “Freelon ALS Fund”)

c/o Holli Gall, Executive Director of Development, Neurosciences

Duke Medicine Development and Alumni Affairs

710 W. Main St., Suite 200 | Durham, NC 27701

919-385-2406 office | 336-971-0823 mobile

Become a Sponsor: Corporate and individual sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Samantha Powell-Jones at for more information.

Attend the Concert: Individual and group tickets are on sale at the Carolina Theatre Box Office:  919-560-3030

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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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