Blackhawk Technical College: To host soul food luncheon

Contact: Gary Kohn (608) 757-7769 or cell (608) 436-9578

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JANESVILLE, WI – Blackhawk Technical College will hold its annual Soul Food Luncheon on Tuesday, March 3, with proceeds from the event being used to fund BTC scholarships for multi-ethnic students.

A menu featuring baked and fried chicken, fried catfish and barbeque ribs will highlight the event, which also will include entertainment provided by Eclectic Soul with Da’Quela Payne.

Eclectic Soul was formed in 2008 and consists of a 3 member band: Founder Desmond Haney, who plays keyboards and is also a licensed Master Electrician, was recently hired at BTC.

O’Malley Lomax, the band’s drummer and is a student at UW-Whitewater and has performed with the Madison Symphony Orchestra on numerous occasions. Bass guitarist, Orey Merriweather, a professional musician hailing from the Chicago area currently plays at the Beloit Life Center.

Da’ Quela Payne, a recording artist, is a soulful singer and has performed in numerous venues such as Francesco’s in Rockford, has been a contestant on American Idol, and the gospel reality show, Gifted. She performs weddings, birthdays and other events.

The luncheon, sponsored by BTC’s Diversity Advancement Committee, is open to the public. Tickets for BTC staff and the general public are $10. BTC students and senior citizen tickets are $8.

Door prizes will also be available, and the placemats will contain historical information to test attendee’s knowledge of Black History events, places and famous people.

Reservations are required by Monday, March 2. Contact Wanda Sloan at (608) 757-7745 or at [email protected], or Julie Cronk at (608) 757-7717 or [email protected].

Takeout lunches also are available. Schools, churches and social groups are encouraged to place group takeout orders. Takeout requests will be accepted through noon, March 2, at by calling 608-757-7745 and will be available for pickup at BTC’s Central Campus Welcome Center.

The luncheon will be held in the North Commons of BTC’s Central Campus, 6004 S. County Hwy. G in Janesville. Businesses interested in contributing a door prize for the event should contact Elizabeth Horvath, BTC’s Director of Advancement & Community Relations, at [email protected] or (608) 757-7704.

The menu also includes sides of candied yams, collard green, spaghetti and cole slaw. Corn bread and rolls also are available, plus desserts of peach cobbler and sweet potato pie.


Blackhawk Technical College is part of the Wisconsin Technical College System. BTC has five campus locations in Monroe, Milton, Beloit and Janesville, WI offering more than 50 programs including two-year associate degrees, one- and two-year technical diplomas and short-term technical diplomas. In addition, BTC is a major provider of customized training and technical assistance for the Rock and Green County business community. More than half of all adults living in Wisconsin have accessed the technical colleges for education and training during the last decade.