Last updated on March 24th, 2016 at 02:23 pm
Recently Tennessee State University alumnus Grant Winrow celebrated his 50th birthday by hosting a scholarship fund-raiser for his beloved alma mater at the W.O Smith School of Music. Close to 300 of Grant’s family, classmates and dear friends came from all over the continent to celebrate his 50 Shades of Grant Birthday Celebration Fundraiser for his Hershey and Shirley M. Winrow Scholarship Fund through the TSU Foundation, named in his late parents honor.
“It was an unbelievable and amazing night of rapture and reunion,” said Winrow. “The gentlemen were ‘casket sharp’ from head to toe, and the women were dressed to obviously impress.”
Ms. Deyonna Waters, an administrative assistant at TSU who served as Coat Check Girl, said she had never touched so many fur coats in her life until that night. Grant expected nothing less than all out glamour and upscale attire from his guests, who were treated to a sumptuous buffet-style feast and an open bar featuring the signature cocktail of the evening, the “Grant-tini.”
Programmatically, he was lauded by some of his favorite people, including his current boss, Dr. Glenda Glover, President of Tennessee State University, who presented a $1,000 check to his scholarship fund. Dr. Glover issued a challenge to the audience to match her $1,000 donation. Winrow is special assistant to the president, and works with Institutional Advancement, Public Relations & Communications for TSU. State Representative Harold M. Love, a friend since childhood, lauded him for being a popular high school student. Former teachers and professors, including Dr. Lou Lovett, his 7th Grade Teacher and his favorite professor during his matriculation at TSU, shared a few personal stories and memories with the audience.
One of his longtime friends and former classmates, Bruce Johnson, Talent Manager for Mainstream Media, Los Angeles, brought out Platinum recording rtist Michel’le. She started out with her Top 10 hit “No More Lies” and R&B chart topper “Something In My Heart.” Michel’le is currently one of six members on the hit TV One reality show R&B Divas: Los Angeles. She and others joined Grant for his official After Party at WKND as they partied like it was 1999.
“The night was truly amazing as I was overwhelmed by the outpouring love and support from so many who come from all of the country as far as New York, Boston, Miami, and Los Angeles,” said Grant. “God has truly blessed me with an opportunity to come back home to serve my alma mater so I wanted to this milestone to be purposeful and hopefully inspire my classmates to give back to the university that gave us our start in our professional lives. I’ve never been about talking the talk, but I try to walk my talk!”
In lieu of gifts, Grant asked that his guests, and you, donate to the Hershey and Shirley M. Winrow Scholarship Fund through the TSU Foundation; please make checks payable to TSU Foundation, with Winrow Scholarship in the Memo Section.