Dallas, TX (February 20, 2019) — The original Party with a Purpose® is setting sail on an epic 20th Voyage! The 2019 Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage® presented by Denny’s will depart from Miami April 7-14 on the Carnival Magic and make stops in the Caribbean’s Amber Cove, San Juan and St. Thomas. Created as a fundraiser to support students in schools at Historically Black College and Universities, this year’s cruise will feature entertainment favorites, informative seminars, morning inspiration, fitness classes, notable celebrities, and popular theme nights. Music superstars including Janet Jackson, Maxwell, Charlie Wilson, Fantasia, KEM, and more will headline a jam-packed entertainment lineup.
The full line-up for the Fantastic Voyage Cruise is on BlackAmericaWeb.com, though other artists from today and yesterday in R&B, Soul, Inspiration/Gospel, Hip Hop and Funk and include WAR, Sheila E., Chrisette Michelle, Biz Markie, MC Lyte, Smoky Norful, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Brian Courtney Wilson, Midnight Star, S.O.S. Band, Oaktown 357, Mase, Blacksheep, Lady of Rage and more
Tom Joyner stated, “I'm proud of a lot of things we've accomplished on the Tom Joyner Morning Show but I think I'm most proud of all students we helped stay in school for the last 20 years, and our biggest fundraiser for HBCUs has been the Fantastic Voyage Cruise. This year we have a lineup that makes it all the more special, Janet Jackson, Charlie Wilson, Maxwell and an endless list of performers!”
“It has been an honor for Denny’s to be a part of this great work with the Tom Joyner Foundation for almost two decades,” said Denny’s President and CEO John Miller. “When we invest in our students, we know we are investing in the future.”
The Fantastic Voyage® has uniquely become one of the most talked about and sought-after events in the country. Developed upon realizing the needs of African-American cruisers were not being met, Joyner combined his purpose with entertainment (something done daily on his morning show) and came up with the idea to sell cabins at a premium rate to get a superior experience and underwrite HBCUs. By specifically catering to his audience/passengers through ALL activities, media, and even food and beverage, Joyner created an exclusive event that sells out annually and features an exciting lineup of activities and famed entertainers.
This is Denny’s second year as the cruise title sponsor.
For over 18 years, the Tom Joyner Foundation has partnered with Denny’s to support higher education causes, including the Denny’s Hungry for Education Scholarship, a program that recognizes and rewards students who show initiative and creativity in the fight against childhood hunger in their communities. This year, the Foundation/Denny's Filmmaker's Scholarship Program will recognize six outstanding students from HBCUs who have produced a film about hunger in their communities. On behalf of Denny’s, the Tom Joyner Foundation has awarded more than $200,000 in scholarships to deserving elementary, high school, and college students. The Hungry for Education program, as a whole, has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships. Denny’s sponsorship of the Fantastic Voyage is another means by which the company demonstrates a commitment to higher education for minority students.
Joyner first gained popularity after earning the nickname “The Fly Jock” while flying round-trip between Dallas and Chicago five days a week for seven years to host the morning drive and afternoons in two different cities. In his 25 years as a leader in the industry, Joyner’s impact and influence has never wavered. As previously announced, Joyner will end his groundbreaking radio show December 31, 2019. Though no final decisions have been made, Joyner vows to continue the ‘Fantastic Voyage’ and support of the Tom Joyner Foundation for many years to come.
The 2019 Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage® presented by Denny’s will take place on the Carnival Magic. For more information, please visit BlackAmericaWeb.com. Itinerary, schedule and performances are subject to change.
The Tom Joyner Foundation (http://tomjoynerfoundation.org) was founded in 1998 as the brainchild of nationally syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner. The mission of the Foundation is to support historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) with scholarships, endowments, and capacity-building enhancements. The Foundation has provided necessary support to every HBCU in its 19-year history to help sustain and preserve the legacies of these valuable institutions. Through fundraising and donor development initiatives, in excess of $65 million has been raised to support more than 29,000 students attending HBCUs. Additionally, the Foundation has recommended internships, offered matching grant support, and career development to deserving students.
About Denny’s Corp.
Denny’s is one of America’s largest full-service family restaurant chains, currently operating over 1,700 franchised, licensed and company-owned restaurants across the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, New Zealand, Mexico, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Guam, the United Arab Emirates, Chile, Curaçao, El Salvador, and Trinidad and Tobago, and the Philippines. For further information on Denny's, including news releases, please visit the Denny’s website at www.dennys.com or the brand’s social channels via Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Instagram or YouTube.
Radio’s leading syndicated urban morning radio show, the Tom Joyner Morning Show has distinguished itself over the years by continuously giving back to its audience with quality programming, community initiatives, special events, and philanthropy. Tom Joyner and the show’s popular cohost, Sybil Wilkes, relate to listeners by empowering, informing, and entertaining with positivity. Regular contributors—including Roland Martin, Jacque Reid, Huggy Lowdown, Shaun King, Chris Paul, Reverend Al Sharpton, and Mellody Hobson—engage the audience by exclusively connecting them with the people they want to hear from. Kym Whitley, Sherri Shepherd, and Guy Tory rotate in the “Funny Chair” cohost position each weekday morning and give listeners a different take on the hottest topics. The Tom Joyner Morning Show is distributed by REACH Media Inc., founded in 2003 by Tom Joyner and CEO David Kantor. REACH Media is an Urban One company.