Los Angeles reception to benefit OTHC Scholarships

Join the Office of Multicultural Advancement at a benefit reception for the Our Time Has Come Scholarship program.

Tuesday, June 11
6:30 p.m.
Creative Artists Agency
2000 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles, California

RSVP at ‘Cuse Community: http://cc.syr.edu/LAOTHC

Syracuse University Trustee Rob Light ’78, managing partner and head of music at Creative Artists Agency, will host the event. Danielle Nottingham ’99, co-host of “California Live” and award-winning journalist who served as a correspondent for CBS News in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

In celebration of Black Music Month, music and entertainment trailblazer Suzanne de Passe ’68, will be the evening’s honoree. de Passe is a music, television and film producer, and co-chairwoman of de Passe Jones Entertainment Group. A graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences, de Passe served as creative assistant to Motown legend Berry Gordy and promoted the solo careers of Lionel Ritchie, Rick James and other notable artists. She is credited with discovering the Jackson Five and guiding them to international success.

de Passe co-wrote the screenplay and received an Oscar nomination for the Billie Holiday biopic “Lady Sings the Blues,” starring Diana Ross. She later produced Motown television specials that won Emmy and NAACP Image awards. In partnership with Gordy, she produced the CBS western “Lonesome Dove,” adapted from the Larry McMurtry novel, and several sequels.

Syracuse University honored de Passe with a Chancellor’s Citation in 1986 in recognition of her significant alumni achievements. It was presented to her at the Coming Back Together Reunion. de Passe has mentored many students through the years as an advisor to Syracuse University’s LA Semester, helping them prepare for successful careers in the entertainment field.

All proceeds from the gala evening will benefit Our Time Has Come scholarships, which support students of color at Syracuse University. Since 1987, more than 1,300 OTHC scholarships have been awarded, with students achieving a 100 percent graduation rate. The program is administered by the Office of Multicultural Advancement.

For more information, contact Miko Horn, director of alumni events, at fmhorn@syr.edu.