POLKA DOTS & TENNIS SHOES FOR A CAUSE – GET ON THE BUS TO SAVANNAH, GEORGIA!
On August 1, Classy Living Society members and their guests boarded a luxury chartered motorcoach and traveled to Savannah, Georgia for the day! What better way to bring in the month of August than a summer day trip to a beautiful place!
The attire of the day was polka dots, polka dots, and more polka dots! The ladies were asked to rock their polka dots in whichever way they chose – sunglasses, tops, dresses, skirts, pants, hats and so on! Each lady kept it casual in their favorite pair of sneakers/tennis shoes as well.
The ladies arrived bright and early to board the bus. When they arrived at their seats, they each found a surprise gift awaiting them, a bag of goodies which included a CLS branded polka dot mask – to ensure the ladies were equipped to follow mask mandates and prevent the spread of COVID-19. The masks were custom made by 14-year-old Mia, owner and operator of Mia’s Masks in Moreno Valley, California. Mia volunteers her time to create and donate masks for senior citizens. Be sure to click the link below to read the May 14, 2020 Classy Chronicles article about Mia and other young people making a difference in their communities during the pandemic: Young Community Heroes of COVID-19 .
The bus rolled away from their meeting spot promptly at 6:30 a.m. CLS was on the move! As they headed to their destination, Founder LaShanda Pitts opened the day with an introduction to the most important part of the trip – the giveback mission. Each day tripper brought swimsuits to be donated to underserved children ages 2-10 who are attending the Salvation Army’s summer day camp programs.
Statistics show that children adorned with new swimsuits are more likely to feel included among peers, are more eager to acquire swimming skills, and attend pools and beaches with their friends and families with pride and confidence. CLS came to the rescue by collecting and donating over 100 swimsuits for boys and girls! Hooray!
The Salvation Army Summer Day Camp provides youth with a safe, structured, and enjoyable environment during the summer months. While running, jumping, and playing, kids will meet new friends, have fun, and learn about God through Bible studies and Vacation Bible School programs. Click on the link at the end of this article for more information about this worthwhile program for the children.
Let the games begin! The ladies broke off into teams, and using their own personal items, each team was charged with the task of dressing a doll for the annual CLS Red Dress Gala. Comedian Lady Q hosted the game and, as usual, she had the ladies rolling in the aisle with laughter. Speaking of the aisle…the ladies had the bus rocking and rolling on the road as they danced and sang up and down the aisle. The best way to let your hair down!
The fan down game – led by member Agnes Jamison – was also loads of fun and congratulations goes out to the winner, member Sylvia Webb! Finally, a pit stop game! As the bus stopped at a gas station for a break, a lively scavenger hunt ensued. Each gamer was given a list of things to find during the stop and the one with the most finds was crowned the winner – congratulations to Cherret Callam. The scavenger hunt game is always a popular get on the bus game for CLS as it involves interacting with people at the stop. This time was no different – the people at the stop were quite intrigued by the crazy bunch of ladies who were all wearing polka dots! “Who are you?” Hilarious!
Soon, the bus arrived in Savannah and the first stop was Sorry Charlie’s Oyster Bar & Cocktails, famous for their Frosé cocktail – a delicious frozen rosé drink that is always popular for CLS members on trips to Savannah. Oh, and yes, there was food! Sorry Charlie’s laid out a socially distanced, delectable brunch of fried green tomatoes, crab cakes, mac n’ cheese, collard greens, roasted chicken, blue crab pasta and shrimp and grits. Yum! During the brunch, the ladies continued to laugh, take photos, dance and have a great time!
Stuffed and happy after indulging in brunch foods and Frosé drinks, the ladies were off to paint the town with polka dots! The remainder of the afternoon was dedicated to exploring Savannah; taking in Savannah’s delicious custom fare (pralines from River Street Sweets anyone?), plus shopping, sightseeing, people watching, visits to rooftop bars and soaking up the sun. It was a hot, hot day!
Back on the bus for the ride back to Atlanta, the uproarious fun continued! More dancing, more singing, more laughter! Who says you can’t have a good time while wearing masks and socially distancing! Everyone gets in on the fun – even the bus driver had a great time; he declared that he is going to be CLS’s “forever” bus driver! CLS’s women in business members who were present were also provided an opportunity to speak to the ladies about their offerings.
Arriving safely back to the Atlanta area, the bus trip to Savannah owed the ladies nothing! CLS bus trips are always moving caravans of festivities, sisterhood and giving back and this time was no different…it was another successful occasion of celebrating the cause!
Photography: EnPhocus Photography