1st Annual Gary Williams Memorial Dinner

The first annual Gary Williams Memorial Dinner took place January 31st at the Ellendale Community Center. Some 300+ MABA members, families, and guests attended the potluck.  Everyone enjoyed performances from the MABA member bands Slow Jam, Brush Arbor, Minor Street Pickers, Ghost River, Gone South, Goin'Home, special guest Gary Johnson, and the back hall jams.

Special awards for outstanding contributions to MABA were presented to Peter Smith, Jim Phillips, Larry Bomar, Tom Stone, and Candice Windham.  The first "Gary" awards were presented to James Johnson, Wayne Morris and Ed Fleener, for their efforts in 2004.

The annual event was renamed this year in honor of our co-founder Gary Williams who, with Peter Smith, made a vision a reality.

Pictures courtesy of Karen Hudson. 

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