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Linda and Orage Quarles III to serve as Honorary Chairs of First Night Raleigh 2011

Woody Dicus, president of the Artsplosure Board of Directors, announced this week that Linda and Orage Quarles III will serve as the Honorary Chairs of First Night Raleigh 2011. The 20th annual New Year’s Eve celebration of art and community will take place on Friday, December 31, 2010 in downtown Raleigh. In making the announcement, Dicus said that chairing this year’s First Night Raleigh is another example of the Quarles’ long-standing and exemplary leadership on behalf of numerous arts and cultural initiatives.

In addition to being President and Publisher of The News & Observer, Orage Quarles III serves on the Boards of Directors for the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication Foundation, the N.C. Justice Center, the John Rex Foundation and Rex Hospital.  For the past two years, he has chaired the YMCA’s “We Build People” campaign.  His career in publishing has been marked with notable leadership roles across the nation.

Linda Quarles leads career development and community engagement efforts at Millbrook High School.  She serves on the Advisory Board of the Lucy Daniels Center for Early Childhood, Peace College Board of Trustees, is a member of the Women’s Network of the North Carolina Community Foundation, and past president of the Board of Directors of the YWCA of the Greater Triangle.

First Night Raleigh begins at 2:00pm with the Children’s Celebration at the North Carolina Museums of History and Natural Sciences and on the Bicentennial Plaza.  The People’s Procession and Early Countdown will kick off the evening entertainment.  Performances and activities will take place in over two-dozen venues throughout downtown Raleigh.  First Night Raleigh concludes with the Countdown to Midnight, the descent of the Raleigh Acorn, and fireworks.

A complete list of artists and performers will be announced in the coming weeks.  Admission buttons will go on sale December 1 for $9 and will provide access to all First Night activities.  For more information, visit www.firstnightraleigh.com.

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