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May 24, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Pat Wright to receive ‘Cultural Treasure’ award

Patrinell Wright, founder and director of Seattle’s world-renowned Total Experience Gospel Choir, has been chosen as the recipient of the “Cultural Treasure Award” by Seattle’s Ethnic Heritage Council. Wright will receive the honor at EHC’s Ethnic Springfest Friday, June 1.

Born in Texas, Wright came to Seattle in 1964, when she founded the Total Experience Gospel Choir. Wright also directed the choirs at Franklin and Roosevelt high schools. Over the years, the choir has traveled extensively, including trips to Japan and to New Orleans, where the members did hurricane relief work.

Springfest features dinner and entertainment by Wheedle’s Groove, a circle of Seattle funk musicians celebrated on an album of the same name, which also showcased Wright when she was still singing pop music. Actor Daniel Niven will emcee.

Springfest takes place at 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 1 at House of Hong, 409 Eighth Ave. S., Seattle; $25-$55 (206-443-1410 or www.ethnicheritagecouncil.org).

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(Jal Schrof)

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