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Florida Classic calendar

By Compiled by Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published November 12, 2000

Events scheduled for this week in Orlando in conjunction with the 21st annual Florida Classic football game, matching Bethune-Cookman College against Florida A&M at the Florida Citrus Bowl:

THURSDAY: The Florida Classic Golf Challenge tees off at 8 a.m. at Disney's Eagle Pines Golf. The Presidents' Celebrity Scholarship Gala is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Disney's Contemporary Resort Hotel. Oswald Bronson, BCC president, and Frederick Humphries, FAMU president, will attend. Scheduled to appear are ESPN anchor Stuart Scott and actors Tichina Arnold, James Avery and Shemar Moore. Musical guest Bobby Womack will perform. Tickets are $125 per person, $1,250 for a corporate table. Corporate sponsorships are available for $5,000. For information, contact Tammy Henderson at (850) 599-3491 or Pinkie Oliver at (904) 253-4508.

FRIDAY: The annual coaches luncheon is at noon, hosted by Orlando Mayor Glenda Hood. B-CC coach Alvin Wyatt, FAMU coach Billy Joe and select players will lunch at the Orlando Expo Center, and ESPN's Scott will be master of ceremonies. Orlando Miracle coach Carolyn Peck of the WNBA will be the guest speaker. Tickets are $35 per person, and a corporate table of 10 patrons costs $500. Contact Eugene Phillips at (888) 238-4863 or Tammy Henderson at (850) 599-3491.

The bands take center stage at 3 p.m. at the Magic Kingdom in the Florida Classic Steppin' in the Park gala. B-CC's Marching Wildcats and FAMU's Marching 100 will perform. Discounted tickets available at the B-CC and FAMU box offices only.

At 6:30 p.m. at the Florida Citrus Bowl it's the Friday Night Steptacular begins, pitting the school's bands against each other. At 9, students battle in the Florida Classic Step-Show. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.

The First Ladies' Celebrity Fashion Show will be at 7 p.m. at Disney's Contemporary Resort. Hosted by the African-American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida, the show features celebrity models from around the state, including Sen. Mandy Dawson-White, D-Fort Lauderdale, and several Buccaneers players. Designers include Toni Rolle' of New York, Sylvester Humber from St. Petersburg and Simple Wears of Jacksonville. Tickets are $25 and available from the chamber. For information, contact Terri Hankerson at (407) 839-1011 or call (407) 650-6283.

The Florida Classic Soul Show begins at 10 p.m. at the House of Blues at Downtown Disney. The S.O.S. Band will headline. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster outlets and the House of Blues box office. For information, call (407) 934-2583.

SATURDAY: The 21st annual Florida Classic kicks off at 4 p.m. at the Florida Citrus Bowl. Tickets are $25 and the game is expected to sell out. Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster outlets and at the B-CC and FAMU box offices. Group tickets can be purchased by calling the Florida Citrus Sports box office at (407) 423-2476.

The Fan-Fair pregame party will be held at the stadium from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The corporate village will be open from noon to 4 p.m., invitation only. For information, contact Florida Citrus Sports at (407) 423-2476.

The Grown Folks Night post-game gala will be at 9 p.m. at the House of Blues in Downtown Disney. Biz Markie and the Phat Cat Players will perform until 3 a.m. Tickets are $22 per person. Tickets are available at the House of Blues box office and Ticketmaster outlets. Adults only, and identification is required. For information, call (407) 578-3009 or toll free at (866) 357-4636.

For more Florida Classic information, access the Internet site at

Hotel headquarters

B-CC: The Rosen Centre (formerly known as the Omni Rosen) at 9840 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819. The phone number is (407) 996-9840, or call toll free at (800) 621-0638. The rate is $89 per night plus tax for single or double occupancy rooms. Register online at Please mention B-CC or the Florida Classic when booking a room.

FAMU: The Sheraton World Resort at 10100 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32821. The phone number is (407) 352-1100, or call toll free (800) 327-0363. The rate is $105 per night plus tax, for single or double occupancy rooms. Register online at Please mention FAMU or the Florida Classic when booking a room.

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