Classy Living Society kicked off the holiday season in a big way with its annual Mingle Jingle Holiday Event! Each year, CLS presents this festive affair to celebrate the holidays and provide a great way to give back – which of course, is the reason for the season! This year, the celebration was open to members and the public and there were separate events hosted in Atlanta and Houston on December 7 and December 8, respectively. On both days, CLS members and guests were treated to an afternoon of fabulous fun, marvelous holiday decor, sensational surprises and one of the best sisterhood bonding experiences imaginable! All of the ladies wore their most gorgeous and creative holiday pajamas! A day pajama party!
The Atlanta event was held at Three Sheets Atlanta, which is quite the sassy spot! A modern and elegant lounge known for its specialty cocktails and gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, Three Sheets is located on the outskirts of Atlanta in Sandy Springs. The decor and atmosphere made it a cozy and ideal place for this holiday experience. Beautifully lit small Christmas trees, garland and candles lined the bar, and the “Once Upon A Time” storyboard step and repeat was a big hit with everyone to pose in front of for photos!
The always hilarious Comedian Lady Q was the host for the afternoon. The program included information sessions provided by Vanessa Parker of Divas in Defense about being safe while out and about during the holidays, and Lakia Brandenburg, the Wife Coach, who provided a few tips for the single ladies and “wives-in-training.” CLS Founder LaShanda Pitts talked about giving back to survivors of human trafficking on Thanksgiving Day through a visit and the provision of a hearty holiday meal.
The remainder of the afternoon included honoring five of CLS’s Volunteers of the Year, karaoke singing, dancing, and enjoying delicious hors d’oeuvres, laughter, hugs, photographs, making new friends and greeting old ones. But the fun was not over yet!
The following day, it was the Houston Society’s turn to have a holiday celebration! The place was Cellar 7 Wine & Bar Bites in the heart of downtown Houston, and oh, what a perfectly charming and beautiful place to hold this gathering of CLS Houston ladies! The ladies had a great afternoon, mingling, enjoying games, loads of great raffles and prizes, yummy appetizers and holiday cheer including a specialty welcome cocktail! Entertainment included Spoken Word by Kathleen and DJ Tay Powers was on deck spinning the beats plus Christmas karaoke!
Congratulations also go out to two amazing nonprofit organizations and their founders who were each honored with CLS’s Igniting Change Award. The Igniting Change Award is designed to recognize those organizations that demonstrate tireless effort in giving back to the community and bringing awareness to and furthering the causes they serve.
In Atlanta, the recipient was Sylvia Webb, Founder of 40 Girls and Some Shoes. 40 Girls and Some Shoes is an organization whose primary mission is the collection and distribution of new and gently worn shoes for men, women and children in need. Through a vast network of partnerships and associations formed over the past 10 years, 40 Girls and Some Shoes has provided over 35,000 pairs of free shoes to these underserved groups since its inception.
Houston’s Candace Strother, Founder of Queen Lyfe, Inc. received her award on Sunday. QueenLyfe Inc. is a non-profit corporation whose mission is to build an empowered community of women and girls through promoting health and wellness, financial responsibility and mentorship. Using the tagline “Love Yourself First Everyday” Queenlyfe provides resources to increase the quality of life for over 7000 women through their programming, social media influence, and community outreach initiatives.
Last but certainly not least, the Mingle Jingle holiday event had a special giveback initiative attached. The mission: each attendee brought a colorful, whimsical holiday gift bag filled with children’s books for ages 5-10 years old to donate to the Pajama Program!
Every child has the right to a good night. Every night in America, too many children go to sleep uncertain of what tomorrow will bring, compromising their health, school performance, and emotional well-being. The Pajama Program is a reading center that is a mini wonderland where children can nestle to read a book or hear a story and where once upon a time is tonight! They promote and support a comforting bedtime routine to help all children thrive by providing cozy pajamas, inspiring storybooks, and critical resources for caregivers. Regina Lucas, a representative from the Pajama Program was on hand to speak to attendees and collect the wonderful books.
In addition, in correlation with Giving Tuesday on December 3, which is a globally recognized day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration, all attendees were asked to bring bras and panties for CLS’s Underwear Project, to be donated to women in need – specifically women in correctional facilities! Correctional facilities only provide a limited number of undergarments to inmates; bras and panties outside of that provision must be purchased by the inmate from the commissary. If an inmate has a limited amount of funds in her account, she must choose other necessities over undergarments. Overall, undergarments are the least donated, yet the most needed items.
In a collaborative effort between Atlanta and Houston Societies, Classy Living Society collected over 200 bras and underwear for the Underwear Project and over 2,000 books for donation to the Pajama Program! ‘Tis the season… to make a difference in the community!
An entire weekend…sharing, sisterhood bonding, food, music, dancing, holiday cheer and GIVING BACK! What a way to celebrate the holidays – in Classy Living Society style!
Important Website Links:
The Pajama Program: https://pajamaprogram.org/
40 Girls and Some Shoes: http://40girlsandsomeshoes.org/
Queenlyfe, Inc.: https://www.queenlyfe.org/