Thursday, October 17, 2013

Mathis & Williams Sing At First Ladies High Tea

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Photo credit: Scott Mitchell
October 17, 2013 (Los Angeles, CA) --- Lisa Collins, publisher of L.A. Focus News presented the 16th annual “First Ladies High Tea” at the Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel recently. 
Grammy Award winning artist, Deniece Williams received the Legacy Award, presented by recording artist icon Johnny Mathis (It’s Not For Me To Say). Both Johnny and Deniece, surprised the audience by singing songs separately and together and danced on stage. 

The event was hosted by Dr. Beverly “Bam” Crawford and Sheree Fletcher (Hollywood Exes) and featured performances from Gospel recording artists Isaac Carree (Clean This House and In the Middle) as well as BET’s 2013 Sunday Best Winner Tosha Page-Lockhart.
Carol’s Daughter Founder, Lisa Price received the Focus Award.

Other notable presenters and speakers include Shamicka Lawrence (Hollywood Exes), Actress Alley Mills (The Bold & The Beautiful) Recording Artist Freda Payne (Band of Gold), Myesha Chaney (L.A. First Ladies), Sheriff Lee Baca, County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, and others.

The event honored women and first ladies who have served the communities well, through their activism and charitable contributions. The First Lady Honorees include: Bunny Wilson; New Dawn Christian Village, Mia Whitlock; Christ Our Redeemer AME, and Sandy Iverson; Paradise Baptist Church. 
This year’s essay theme, “Investing In Tomorrow Today,” received sponsored submissions by young women ages 15 to 18. The Grand Prize winner was officially announced and presented with the $1500 cash prize.
The Afternoon Tea event hosted 1000 plus attendees and were served a traditional Afternoon Tea Menu.
About First Ladies High Tea
This afternoon tea is a red carpet affair for the who’s who of women in the church and black community, featuring celebrity guests, community leaders and honorees.  In the decade since its inception, the tea has served to inspire women, both young and old, to join forces and create a movement of service towards each other, the communities in which they live and to God.  Past honorees include former California First Lady Maria Shriver, former LA County Supervisor Yvonne Burke, renown vocalist Nancy Wilson, gospel recording duo Mary Mary, TV One founder Cathy Hughes, actor/activist Hill Harper and The Honorable Kamala Harris, Attorney General of California to name a few.

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