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2006 Walt Disney World Florida Classic

B-CU

November 14, 2006

Daytona Beach, Fla. – “Better than Ever” the Walt Disney World Florida Classic is scheduled November 18, 2006 at the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium in Orlando, Fla. The Bethune-Cookman College Wildcats will take on the Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University Rattlers in the 27th annual game presented by State Farm Insurance.

Kick off will be at 3:30 p.m. Priority seats for the Florida Classic will be available through season ticket packages at B-CC ticket office (386-481-2202). Student tickets are on sale and general tickets will be available from all Florida Ticketmaster outlets and www.ticketmaster.com.

The Florida Classic events will include Florida Classic Fun Day at Walt Disney World Resort, State Farm Battle of the Bands presented by Ford, Kellogg’s FanFare, a halftime show presenting both B-CC Marching Wildcats and FAMU’s Marching 100, a special guest performance after the game, and the annual Classic Block Party.

Since 1997, more than 600,000 fans have attended the Walt Disney World Florida Classic, marking it the nation’s largest football game between Historically Black Colleges. This year the fans are estimated to increase with the Florida Classic Consortium overseeing the game and all of its joined events. The Consortium is comprised of a delegation or representatives from each school including the Presidents, Alumni Association Presidents, Athletic Directors and selected administrative officials.

Lynn Thompson, Director of the Athletic Department says 2006 represents a new approach to the classic as both presidents have a clear vision as to what the game brings to our institutions. Thompson has been working directly with the event for 18 years as the executive director and director of athletics. Thompson says this is one of the “largest gatherings of African Americans in the country…with a legacy like ours you cannot help but to feel proud.”

Vice President/Director of Alumni Relations at B-CC, Patricia James in cooperation with the National Alumni Association (NAA) has planned activities for the B-CC alumni. A corporate luncheon will be held on Friday, November 17th at 12 p.m. at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. The cost is $150. College presidents, members of the Consortium, local community leaders, corporations, and college Pep Bands will be on hand to help raise funds intended for educational scholarships at both institutions.

Later that evening, B-CC Alumna and former Miss Bahamas, Nakera Simms-Symonette will join FAMU Alumna Kimberly Borland, the reigning Miss Black Universe as Mistresses of Ceremony for the AARP Alumni Gala at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort. Simms-Symonette, who went on to compete for the Miss Universe title captured the highly coveted Miss Congeniality award in the 2000 pageant.

The event will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a reception followed by the Gala Affair starting at 7:00 p.m. There will be dinner, dancing, and live entertainment from R&B, funk and soul group The Gap Band. Rising to fame during the 1970s and 1980s with a string of hit dance anthems and love songs such as "Early in the Morning," "All of My Love," and "You Dropped a Bomb on Me," The Gap Band features brothers Charlie Wilson, Robert Wilson, and Ronnie Wilson. Tickets are $125 per person and $1,250 for reserved tables with 10 seats. For ticket information and reservations please contact Carl Monroe @ (407) 423-2476 ext 125, or visit www.floridaclassic.org.

For information regarding tickets, travel, media, and events visit www.cookman.edu, or www.floridaclassic.org, or call (386) 481-2000.

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About Bethune-Cookman University

Founded in 1904 by Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement. B-CU offers baccalaureate degrees in 37 majors through six academic schools – Arts & Humanities; Business; Education; Nursing; Science, Engineering and Mathematics; and Social Sciences – and maintains intercollegiate athletic programs and instrumental and choral groups that have achieved national recognition. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of more than 3,400.

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