The 5th Annual Red Dress Gala was held on Sunday, November 11 and was a huge success! The Sisterhood Gala drew 350+ sisters to the Ballroom of the Westin Atlanta Perimeter North and the energy was amazing!
As in past years, the attendees at this year’s Gala danced, laughed, sang, cried, hugged, networked and were inspired by moving speeches, award presentations and entertainment. Violinist Angelina Sherie serenaded the ladies as they posed before a gorgeous flower wall in the alcove of the ballroom. Gritz and Jelly Butter, the wildly popular local Atlanta band, put on a lively performance that had the ladies dancing in the aisles! The comedic antics of Comedian Lady Q generated much laughter and the regal inspirational dance at the beginning of the program set the tone for the day – a day that Sisterhood was celebrated!
A full brunch buffet was served, and it was delicious! Special VIP attendees gained early entry to the event and were treated to a private concert by Gritz and Jelly Butter, a personalized glass of champagne, upfront seating, a private photo shoot and personalized table decor.
Congratulations are in order for special guests TV star Page Turner from HGTV’s Flip or Flop Nashville, Chef Lasheeda Perry, winner and finalist on two Food Network specials, and Panya Dixon, author of the Amazon bestselling book “Why Didn’t You Ask” – as they each accepted #KeepGoing awards. The #KeepGoing award is presented by CLS to recognize and give accolades to those who represent excellence in their tireless efforts in giving back to the community and otherwise providing inspiration to succeed.
Congratulations also to the Classy Living Award recipient Dawn Wells of Angel Eyes Fitness and Nutrition, a nonprofit 501(c) (3) entity elevating the quality of health and wellness for the blind and the visually impaired community.
Last, but not least, congratulations to the Classy Living Society Volunteer of the Year, Ms. Janice Campbell. As soon as Janice joined CLS, she hit the ground running and hasn’t stopped since. She always does what she does a smile and a cheerful and fun disposition. Her dedication to service to the community and the organization exemplifies the true spirit of CLS.
Keynote speakers included Jyoti Sharma, M.D., Dr. John C. Lipman and Paige Gaines of 911 Sane Jane. Dr. Sharma, who is a cardiologist and director of Women’s Heart Program at Piedmont Hospital spoke about women’s heart health. Dr. Lipman, an Atlanta UFE expert provided education about fibroids and UFE and Paige Gaines spoke about her nonprofit organization, 911 Sane Jane, bringing awareness to mental health and sharing her personal journey.
The Matchmaking Duo – comprised of Kelly Fisher and Tana Gilmore – gave the ladies worthwhile tips on dating and did a question and answer session directly from their interactive board game for single women called Race 2 the Bling! The Matchmaking Duo do matchmaking, date coaching, speaking and training and have been featured in major magazines and television shows such as Essence Magazine and “The Steve Harvey Show.”
The decor! The decor! The decor! Oh my! As usual, the decor did not disappoint. A snowy scene complete with snow laden trees, pine cones and red roses adorned each table. Tall wiry trees sporting sparkling icy “drops” stood on the front row tables, and furry “vases” holding bunches of pink roses were gathered around the base of each tree. The theme of the table decor symbolized growth – tree branches and roots – and speaks to the growth which is at the core of the theme of CLS’s own nonprofit organization – Legacy for Change.
This year’s Gala was hosted in partnership with Legacy for Change, whose mission it is to extend a longer reach into the community – by endeavoring to inspire, mobilize and encourage young girls who are on a quest to help change the world. Through an online raffle which preceded the Gala coupled with attendee ticket sales, a whopping $3500 was raised for Legacy for Change, to assist with the various programs connected to the organization. For more information and how you can assist in this worthwhile cause, visit legacyforchange.org.
With the 2018 Red Dress Gala, Classy Living Society celebrated their fifth year anniversary. CLS Founder LaShanda Pitts acknowledges that upon looking back at five years of CLS, what stands out most are the volunteers. In her heartfelt speech, she paid homage to the founding sisters, the members and volunteers that are at the core of the operation of this successful organization. She also urged each of the attendees to create a gratitude board – a board to record the ordinary and the extraordinary things to be grateful for each day.