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CARBONDALE — The annual fundraiser for a children's literacy program will pay tribute to two musicians who historically performed at the event.

This year's "Denim and Diamonds Fundraiser," which supports the I Can Read! Program of Carbondale, will honor Sharon Clark and Martin “Big Larry” Allbritton, both of whom died this year.

The Denim and Diamonds Fundraiser is 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Carbondale Elks Club, 220 W. Jackson St. Tickets are $40.

"We're paying tribute to Big Larry and Sharon, who passed this year," said Margaret Nesbitt, one of the organization's co-founders. "They were our keynote musicians for the past year."

Clark, called the queen of the blues in Southern Illinois, died in January at age 66, and Big Larry died in August at the age of 80.

Leading this year's musical tribute to Big Larry and Clark will be musicians Rip Lee Pryor, King Juba,  The Phonics and DJ Lewis Stafford; the entertainment runs from 8 p.m. to midnight.

The meet-and-greet begins at 6 p.m., with a soul-food buffet running 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and a silent auction from 6 to 8 p.m. The suggested attire for the evening is denim and diamonds.

For more information, email or call 618-559-3452 or 618-559-5004.


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Stephanie Esters is a reporter covering Jackson and Union counties.

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