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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Toni Rice
In 1995, Essence Communications Inc. threw a three-day bash in New Orleans for the 25th anniversary of its magazine. Thousands showed up for arguably the largest party ever showcasing black musical talent and culture. Seventeen years later the "party with a purpose" has evolved into the annual Essence Music Festival, a powerful economic engine and pilgrimage point for a tourism-driven city still rebounding from Hurricane Katrina and the Gulf oil spill.
Toni Rice of the Multicultural Tourism Network said the group was donating $10 from each poster sale to help with Batiste's medical and funeral costs.