The Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, Inc. celebrates its 90th year of service with its annual gala, A Night at the Q. 

The event takes place this Saturday (Oct. 5) at 6 p.m. Located at 270 North Kent St. in St. Paul, the organization was originally founded in 1929 and named after African-American educator, women’s suffrage leader and author, Hallie Quinn Brown.

“We are looking forward to a great celebration,” said Hallie Q. Brown Executive Director Jonathan Palmer. “For 90 eventful years, Hallie Q. Brown has been the historic gathering place of the African-American community in St. Paul and a Twin Cities community hub open to everyone, providing social services and a sense of purpose and hope for those in need. Our gala will celebrate our inspiring legacy and at the same time help position us to continue to serve our community for the next 90 years.” 

The event includes a cash bar, followed by a catered dinner. There will be silent and live auctions and games with prizes. Donations for the auctions are still being accepted. 

Limited space is still available. Regular tickets are $65. Those who purchase a special 90th Anniversary $90 ticket are invited to attend a private reception, starting at 5 p.m., and will receive a commemorative gift. 

The organization’s 90th anniversary observance will continue through the end of the year. A Ladies Senior Tea will be held Dec. 6 at 11 a.m. On Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. St. Paul author Roger Barr will conduct a benefit reading from his new collection of holiday stories, “The Christmas Promise.” All proceeds from book sales will be donated to Hallie Q. Brown’s food shelf. 

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