JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - No other event has ever packed as many people into Jackson's Highland Village as Blues By Starlight. Organizers expected over 1,500 people to attend.
More than 50 restaurants in the metro area served up their best while the crowds swayed to the smooth sounds of local blues artists Jessie Robinson and friends along with Hunter Gibson and the Gators. The proceeds will go to help Jackson area children.
"We've had 95% of our children graduate from high school. That's better than the overall average in Mississippi. Out of 3,200 kids in the worst neighborhoods in central Mississippi our pregnancy rate is zero and we go and talk to our alumni and ask them about what did it mean to you. Over 57% of them said attending my Boys & Girls Clubs saved my life," said President and CEO Billy Redd.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi operates six Jackson area youth development facilities and a camp for kids near Hazlehurst.
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