Mingle Jingle 2020

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Oh, yes, it’s Ladies’ Night

And the feeling’s right

Oh, yes, it’s Ladies’ Night

Oh, what a night!

Classy Living Society kicked off the holidays this year with a special virtual Mingle Jingle on Zoom video!  Saturday night, December 5, CLS held a member-exclusive event to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year!

In years past, CLS held the event at various locations.  Members wore pajamas or Santa hats, enjoyed games, raffles, food, cocktails, and came together side by side to work on the chosen giveback initiative for the event.  This year, because of COVID 19 and the need to remain socially distant, the ladies met in the Zoom Room for some socially distant festivities!  All dressed up in their finest semi-formal cream or black evening wear, they enjoyed three hours of games, contests, and mingling and jingling just as if they were all in the same room!

Off to a great start, the ladies were launched into an evening of fun by none other than DJ Tay Powers, a female DJ from Houston, Texas, spinning R&B favorites on the ones and twos by Chaka Khan, Bel Biv Devoe, Kool & the Gang, Parliament-Funkadelic, Prince, Chic and more while showcasing all of the ladies who were entering the party!  What a welcome!  

The Leadership Team of CLS, including the Founding Sisters, welcomed the ladies and began awarding the first of many great prizes of the night!  About those prizes … Santa must have visited early with a sleigh full of classy prizes for the winners of the various contests and games held that evening.  $100 gift cards to Amazon, DSW, Wayfair, Target, Publix and Whole Foods!  Ninja machines, mini Keurigs, Apple watches, personal chef services, and wine, and healthy meal prep services!  The competition was steep, but the rewards were great!

Several members were honored as “firsts” – congratulations to Janine Lattimore as the first to register for the event, and to the following ladies who were the first to make their way into the Zoom Room:

Juanita Chisholm

Gail Jackson 

Alicia Lisa St Vincent 

Leslie Wilson Clark 

Antonia Davis-Williams 

BINGO!  As the party was well underway, and with printed Bingo game cards ready, the ladies listened carefully as the Leadership Team called out Bingo numbers.  Congratulations to the Bingo winner, Angela Monroe!

How skillful are you at wrapping the perfect gift?  Scissors and tape, bows and paper, oh my!  Sometimes it’s just easier to purchase gift bags and tissue paper and stuff those gifts inside!  Ughhh!  But not so for the members of CLS!  During the on-camera gift wrapping contest, these ladies showed that the Macy’s gift-wrapping department has nothing on them!  Such beautiful displays!  Kudos goes out to member Elicia Moore who displayed the best gift wrapping skills of the night!

Don’t just stand there, bust a move!  Is there anything more fun than participating in a dance competition at a party to show off your best moves? Renee Roberts, a California member, showed everyone what she was working with out there on the West Coast!  

Each year, Classy Living Society gives back to the community in various ways at its Mingle Jingle holiday celebration.  At previous events, CLS has collected and donated books to the Pajama Program, undergarments to women incarcerated in prisons, coats to children, and much more!   Taking a pause for the cause, Founding Sister Tarrah Smith talked about CLS’s giveback initiative for the evening.  As admission to the Mingle Jingle, each participant donated a grocery gift card from Walmart to the Atlanta Children’s Shelter. But that’s not all…Classy Living Society rounded off the donation to $2,000!  It was such an honor to make a difference by assisting the leading and most valued organization in Metro Atlanta to positively impact the lives of homeless children and their families.  

You can’t have a holiday party without a delicious festive holiday cocktail!  The winner of the Best Cocktail Presentation was Atlanta member Erica Hague, who unveiled her beautiful concoction – the Peppermint Mocha Martini!  Clink, clink!

What a wonderful change of pace to be able to take off the quarantine pajamas, get glammed up in your semi-formal best and pretend for one evening that you’re out on the town!  To make it even more special, CLS awarded a Best Dressed prize to the member who prettied up the best!  Congratulations to Lasonya Jones for the most well turned out look!  She was dressed to kill in a sleek black floor length gown.  

Speaking of glam … which member holds the most Shade lippies in her cosmetic bag?  Carol Houston possesses nine!  Congratulations!  It is Carol’s special way of giving back and it can be yours too!  Shade is Classy Living Society’s socially conscious line of lipsticks bringing awareness to causes affecting the world — $2.00 from each lipstick purchase is donated to a number of non-profit organizations that are making a difference in the lives of people who need it most. (https://iwearshade.com/)

CLS held their very own ugly Christmas sweater contest and some of the members had the ugliest ones ever!  The winner of the ugly Christmas sweater contest was our Atlanta member Comedian Lady Q. Following that was a trivia competition- who knows the answer?  How many drummers were drumming in the 12 Days of Christmas song?  How many ghosts show up in A Christmas Carol?  It ended as a tie game and as a tiebreaker, the winners were challenged to a sing-off of their favorite holiday song.  Olivia Rudder-Smith was the winner with her best rendition of Jingle Bell Rock!  Congratulations, Olivia!  

“2020 has been my greatest teacher.”  Khaliah Guillory, a spirited inspirational and motivational speaker and Founder of the Nap Bar in Houston, Texas delivered the keynote speech.  In her moving speech, she motivated and encouraged the ladies to nourish themselves, turn on their “No!”, change their relationship with fear, to chase excellence, not perfection, and to be intentional about what their hearts desire and to think about what they would give up to achieve it.  She stated that she is grateful for all of the lessons that 2020 has taught her and how her life has been transformed.  She spoke about letting go of what (or who!) no longer serves you.  “I would rather adjust my life to your absence than adjust my boundaries to accommodate your disrespect”!  Powerful! Khaliah Guillory is a dynamic speaker and the ladies came away motivated, empowered, and equipped with the tools to manifest greatness in their lives through radical self-love!  Dope!

Before wrapping up the event for the evening, a few more contest winners were announced.  These ladies prepared ahead of time and sent in their videos for consideration in their categories.  Heartfelt congratulations to: 

Sabrena Thomas, winner of the best holiday tablescape

Dewan McCarty, winner of the best decorated holiday tree

Avis Pitts, winner of the best interior and exterior home decor

Our world has evolved into such a different place over the past several months of 2020; the likes of which we never could have imagined.  Many of the things we are accustomed to doing a certain way, the close physicality at events that were commonplace in the past has been altered by the current pandemic.  It is necessary for all of us to find a new way of doing things we hold dear, or not do them at all.  Some of us truly crave the way things used to be.

This year’s virtual Mingle Jingle was a shining example that when circumstances dictate that you can’t do something as you’ve always done it, it can still be a good thing!  The fun, games, laughter, sisterhood bonding, mingling, and celebration – all of those good things didn’t go away!  In its own right, and not to be counted out among the rest, Classy Living Society’s virtual Mingle Jingle 2020 was a spectacular success in many ways!  

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Valerie Alerte Kavanagh, MBA

Despite covid amongst us, CLS continued to shine brightly and help others as we know how. With class, grace and dedication to the cause. It was truly a good time had by all.

– Valerie Alerte Kavanagh
CLS, Founding Sister

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