DALLAS - The charitable organization that was bringing recording artist Prince to Dallas has issued an apology to scholarship recipients and supporters for the concert cancellation.
In a written statement issued Saturday afternoon, the executive director of The Goss-Michael Foundation issued this apology:
"Last night, we faced a disappointment that is immeasurable for us, our scholarship recipients and our supporters. Both Kenny Goss and I are extremely disappointed that the event featuring Prince was canceled. It continues to be our understanding that the River Alexander Group, the event organizer, was unable to fund and produce the evening. Up to the very last minute, they assured us the "show would go on."- Joyce Goss, The Goss-Michael Foundation Executive Director.
Goss said scholarship winners would be fully reimbursed for expenses related to the situation.
The charitable organization that was bringing recording artist Prince to Dallas for a charity event Friday night canceled the concert, said it was back on and has once again canceled the event at its new location at the Hotel Intercontinental in Addison.
At 1:21 p.m. Friday, the Goss-Michael Foundation released the following statement:
"We are extremely disappointed that the Event featuring Prince, scheduled for Friday, February 4, at the Intercontinental Hotel, has been cancelled. It is our understanding that the River Alexander Group, the event organizer was unable to fund and produce the evening. The organizer came to the Goss-Michael Foundation, invited us to be the beneficiary and receive some of the proceeds which would have gone to our high school scholarship program."
Less than an hour later, the foundation "rescinded" that announcement, saying that "circumstances had changed," adding this terse statement:
"Prince has arrived in Dallas and will perform this evening."
Organizers said while Prince's band showed up, the singer was an actual no-show. However, sources said that Prince did show up, but never got out of his vehicle before leaving the hotel all-together in the early evening.
Many people found out about the cancellation as they drove up to the hotel, and others found out after already waiting 45 minutes at the hotel.
"There was this guy that came down and said, 'We hate to inform that there will be no show; The band is here, but Prince unfortunately couldn't make it,'" said Debra Moorehead, who showed up at the hotel to attend the event.
Moorehead said she was also told they would get their money back.
The Prince event was billed as "an all-inclusive soiree" with music, art, food spirits and more. Erykah Badu was also scheduled to perform.
Ticket prices started at $1,500, and were still available online at 2 p.m. Friday.