Monday, December 28, 2009

Celebrating the Holidays...

Hip hop artist Big Boi with youth at his foundation's annual holiday party on December 17, 2009 in Atlanta.

Many of your favorite celebrities celebrated the holidays by giving back to their communities. On December 17, 2009, Big Boi and his Big Kidz Foundation hosted more than 100 youth from throughout the Atlanta area at its annual holiday party. The youth were joined by the who’s who in Atlanta that included Chris Henderson, the beat-maker behind Jamie Foxx's hit song "Blame It," Cedric Miller, MD, President and CEO of Pediatric Emergency Medicine Associates, LLC, and Big Kidz’ Board Members: City Councilman Kwanza Hall and Atlanta’s Mayor-Elect Kasim Reed. The Big Kidz Foundation partnered with Family First, the DeKalb County Child Advocacy Center and other local agencies to provide gifts to less fortunate youth and children in foster care. "I just wanted to spread a little holiday cheer, especially in this tough economy," Big Boi shared.

In support of the Big Kidz Foundation, local restaurateur Lorenzo Wyche hosted a toy drive at two of his restaurants -Harlem Bar and Social House- through December 20th benefiting the event. "During this time of the year, we get a chance to touch a lot of children lightly but our programs are designed to have a lasting impact on youth," explained Jennifer Lester, Executive Director of the Big Kidz Foundation.

Jennifer Lester, Executive Director of Big Kidz Foundation; Big Boi; Atlanta mayor-elect Kasim Reed; and Andre Thompson (Art of 5 Gallery owner)

This year’s event was held at Art of 5 Gallery in Atlanta. In addition to an appearance from Big Boi, guests had a chance to participate in a “Paint By Numb3rs”art piece designed by gallery owner and artist Andre’ Thompson. They were also entertained with performances by Atlanta's Douglass High School Chorus, youth dance companies I AM Movement and Moving in the Spirit’s Men in Motion, and wowed by nine-year-old DJ Priest. “Our holiday party is also an opportunity to showcase all of the programs that we offer and support throughout the year” shared Dr. Joi Edwards, Big Kidz’ Vice Chair. Source and photos: Big Kidz Foundation

NY Jets Kerry Rhodes at the Kerry Rhodes Foundation and Jimmy Choo Shopping Event, December 15, 2009 in Short Hills, NJ

New York Jets Star Safety Kerry Rhodes and the acclaimed Jimmy Choo brand collaborated to present celebrities and VIP's with an exclusive holiday shopping experience in honor of the Kerry RHODES Foundation. On Tuesday, December 15, 2009, the Jimmy Choo location at The Mall at Short Hills closed its doors to customers and welcomed an invite only crowd to mix and mingle to great tunes spun by Power 105's DJ Kut, enjoyed hors d'oeuvres provided by David Ellis Catering and Jimmy Choo & Kerry Rhodes specialty drinks while shopping the new 2010 Cruise Collection. The special night was hosted by Kerry Rhodes and Miss USA Kristen Dalton.

Guests at the shopping event with Ideal PR's Tamiko Thomas (right), publicist for Kerry Rhodes Foundation; Guest and fashion stylist Misa Hylton-Brim

Jimmy Choo encompasses a complete luxury lifestyle accessory brand with women's shoes, handbags, small leather goods, sunglasses and eyewear. A portion of the event proceeds were donated to the Kerry Rhodes Foundation. Event Sponsors included Jimmy Choo, Kerry Rhodes Foundation, David Ellis Catering, Nuvo and Ciroc Vodka. Source: Ideal PR/Photos: Red Carpet Images

Upfront Megatainment CEO Devyne Stephens at a holiday toy drive hosted by DeVyne Stephens Intervention, music producer Jermaine Dupri and Atlanta's V-103 on December 20, 2009 in College Park, Georgia. Photo: Wireimage

Atlanta Mayor-elect Kasim Reed, Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young and actor Chris Tucker attend the 26th anniversary UNCF Mayor's Masked Ball at Atlanta Marriott Marquis on December 19, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Via On Saturday, December 19, UNCF held its 26th Annual Mayor's Masked Ball, one of metropolitan Atlanta's signature fund-raising galas and premier social events of the holiday season. Founded 25 years ago by former Mayor Andrew Young and Billye S. Aaron, the ball is hosted by the sitting mayor of Atlanta and local corporate sponsors. Its purpose is to involve celebrities, dignitaries, civic leaders, volunteers, public officials and other supporters in the annual local fund-raising activities of UNCF. Entertainment was provided by R&B group En Vogue.

Actresses Dawn Lewis and Terri J. Vaughn; Actress Kim Coles and television host KiKi Shepard

Photos: WireImage

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