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A Prince of a gift for Eau Claire children's program

Apr 4, 2011 7:50:00 PM - thestate.com
At a press conference at the Eau Claire Print Building this morning, Prince, on behalf of himself and his band, is scheduled to announce that he is donating money to the Eau Claire Promise Zone.

John Blackwell, the drummer and Columbia native who anchors Prince’s back band, New Power Generation, said Prince was giving $250,000 to the zone that is seeking to break the nearby poverty cycle. Blackwell will represent Prince and his bandmates.

“He’s been donating money to a lot of charities,” Blackwell said Monday evening as he was preparing to board a plane from Tampa, Fla., to Columbia. “It’s awesome that he’s doing that.”

The donation comes on the heels of Prince's 10-day, six-concert run in the Carolinas last month. The Welcome 2 America Tour dates started March 21 at the Colonial Life Arena.

Blackwell, who is scheduled to be joined by Shelby Johnson, one of NPG’s featured vocalists and a Greensboro, N.C., native, won't have much time chill in Columbia because he has flight to catch to Los Angeles.