Saturday I did something that I usually don’t do. I attended an event alone. Just me. No one else. I was invited to cover The National Coalition Of 100 Black Women Mecca Chapter Fashion Show Fundraiser. I had absolutely no idea what to expect. I had never been to an event such as this before. Definitely not a fashion show. So I was super excited to find out what this event was about. I had no expectations beyond wanting to have a great time.
I was not disappointed at all. Everyone was so nice. Everyone was fabulously dressed. Before I get too far into the event let me tell you the purpose of the event. The National Coalition of Black Women Mecca Chapter is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to empower black women and girls in areas of health, education, economic development, and public policy. Every year the organization gives graduating seniors who are apart of their Little Ladies of Mecca Education & Mentoring program a $5,000 scholarship. This year six young ladies who will be graduating in May received scholarships. I was honored to see them receive their scholarships. The whole evening was about raising money to give out more scholarships to other deserving young women.
The night was filled with great entertainment. The fundraiser was hosted by Judge Glenda Hatchett from the television show Judge Hatchett and Judge Penny Brown from the show Family Court with Judge Penny. These two women were absolutely hilarious. They kept us all entertained. They both spoke some empowering words about hard work and going for your goals. They shared some of their stories. We were entertained by Eagles Landing Dance Center, Giwayen Mata, and the poet Hank Steward. They were all great! A very talented group of people. I thoroughly enjoyed the dancing and the poems. It was just beautiful! We were introduced to the host committee by Regina D. Page, the Little Ladies of Mecca members by Paula J. Ward and scholarship honorees by Atlanta City Council President Cesar Mitchell and his wife Dr. Tiffany Mitchell.
I however could not wait to see the fashion show. It was my favorite part of the evening. We got to see designs from designers James Harris, Evetta Petty, Myriam Belasse, Florian Sodji, Kikelomo Dadetola, Arthlene Laudat Legair, Ambril G. McLauren, Clavon Leonard, and 9-year-old Alona Leoine who started designing clothes at the age of seven for her family and friends. It was kicked off by Shirley Langley Henry. There was amazing fashion there! My favorite part was when Alona Leone’s designs came out. She is one talented young lady. I also loved when some of the male models came out with young children. They were perfectly matched and looked so adorable! Everyone looked great in what they were wearing. I had some definite favorites. They even did a hair show and I enjoyed that as well. One lady did an amazing job! It was a fabulous night. I was so happy to be there.
The highlight of my night was when I was able to actually meet and talk with one of my favorite authors Zane. She was so nice. She even took a picture with me twice. My camera didn’t take the picture the first time and then the second time I was looking kind of crazy cause I was talking when it was snapped. Out of respect for Zane’s time I took what I could get. All that mattered to me was that you can tell she was in the picture and I was standing next to her. This night was so worth attending. I am sure that they raised a lot of money.