Atlanta Mentoring Program to Benefit from Northwest Georgia Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women’s 2nd Annual 'Our Favorite Things' Christmas Gala
By Lisa Brathwaite
The Northwest Georgia (NWGA) Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., held their 2nd Annual Our Favorite Things Christmas Gala on Saturday, December 4th, at a private estate in Atlanta. All proceeds benefited the chapter's High School to High Heels Mentoring Program and Scholarship Fund, whose purpose is to provide adolescent African American girls with positive role models and to promote self-awareness as they transition into young adulthood. Pictured in photo: Erin Coleman, anchor, WSB-TV and 2010 Gala Mistress of Ceremonies poses with John Evans, President of NAACP DeKalb County, and Georgia State Representative Alisha Thomas Morgan, House District 39.
Over 400 guests were in attendance including Jennifer Lester (Executive Director, Big Boi's Big Kidz Foundation), Nancy Flake-Johnson (President, Atlanta Urban League), Rashan Ali (WVEE V-103 radio personality and Founder, Sporty Girls, Inc.), Georgia State Senator Donzella Jones and many others.
Throughout the evening, guests enjoyed fine food, cocktails and live music featuring the Morris Brown Collegiate Choir, soloist Alva Rowland and keyboardist Dr. Al Pinkston.
New this year was a featured author section which included book signings by local authors: Byron Rivers (Voices of Redemption), State Representative Alisha Thomas Morgan (No Apologies: Powerful Lessons in Life and Politics), and attorneys Travis Townsend, Jr. and Trinity Townsend (When the Cops Come Knockin').
Those in attendance had the opportunity to bid on a variety of silent auction items and several luxury vacation packages. Raffle items and unique gift offerings made available for purchase rounded out the evening. Platinum and Bronze sponsors included Diageo Marketing (Ciroc Brands) and Coca-Cola Refreshments, respectively.
Gala Silent Auction Coordinator Marty Pinkston shares a jovial moment with a gala guest.
Dr. Wade Ivy, Kendall Ridley (Owner of Element K Creative and Friend of NWGA) pose with Dr. Ashleigh May (Gala Public Relations Coordinator) after the announcement of silent auction winners; Gala Guest and Talvia Peterson, President, Stone Mountain Lithonia Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc.
The High School to High Heels Mentoring Program and Scholarship Fund is a 2-year program with several foci including: academic achievement, career development, self respect, and respect for others. Its goals are achieved through one-on-one mentoring, professional development seminars and cultural activities. Girls also receive guidance regarding collegiate opportunities, with scholarship monies offered to exceptional students.
For more details about the 2nd Annual Our Favorite Things Christmas Gala please visit: http://www.thechristmasgala.org/. Information about the NWGA Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., can be found at http://www.nc100bwnwga.org/.
Source: Dr. Ashleigh May, NWGA Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc./Photo Credit: Michael Paras Photography