The gala, themed, “Salute to Fashion” honored an elite group of individuals and organizations that have made outstanding achievements in the arts, media, ministry, community service, and government arenas throughout their lifetime.
The honorees recognized were: “POSE” on FX star Ryan Jamaal Swain; TV/radio personality Gary with da Tea; actor/comedian Sampson McCormick, celebrated hairstylist/TV Personality Derek J; Speak Out USA’s Antonio Driver, iElevate TV VP Onyx Keesha, Writer/Director Patrik-Ian Polk, OWN TV “Love & Marriage: Huntsville” producer Melody S. Holt; Sean John Co-Founder Jeffrey Tweedy; Director Nathan Hale Williams; Abounding Prosperity Inc founder Kirk Myers and Gilead Sciences.
“We take pride in honoring those who are trailblazing an inclusive path for all. Given the year we’ve all experienced, it is time to spread the message of love,” shares Vision Community Foundation executive director, Bishop Oliver Clyde Allen, III.
Other VIP’s in attendance included Brandee Evans (“P-Valley”), Bishop Oliver Clyde Allen, lll & Rashard Burgess (‘Co-Founders of The Vision Community Foundation”), Melissa “DJ M” Scott (“Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta”), Juan & Gee Smalls (“The Gentlemen’s Foundation”), DJ Toni K (“Celebrity DJ”), DAMEZ, (“Rapper”), Murph (“HBO Max’s THE HYPE”) and more. The evening included stellar performances by Travis Malloy and Maurice Renaldo.
The Vision Community Foundation is a 501(C)(3) created to impact and transform the LGBTQI++ community by educating, creating awareness, and implementing STI/STD prevention methods using all forms of millennial media and marketing tools. The mission of the foundation is to empower people mentally, emotionally, educationally, socially, and economically.
Previous gala honorees include Jennifer Holiday, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Tisha Campbell, Terri J. Vaughn, TC Carson, Miss Sophia, Anthony Williams, Trina and Evelyn Braxton, Chrisette Michele, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Cynthia Bailey, Meelah Williams, Syleena Johnson, Angie Stone, Keke Wyatt, Rickey Smiley, Kimberly Chapman, Andre King and more.
The Vision Community Foundation’s Black-Tie Gala is part of the national iElevate Conference. For more information on Bishop Oliver Clyde Allen III and The Vision Community Foundation visit: ocallen.com.
Photo credit: 1) Vivica A. Fox, and Miss Lawrence. 2) Brandee. 3) Chris Mitchell. 4) Antonio Driver. 5) Bishop OC Allen. 6) Bishop OC Allen. 7) damez and Kri peck. 8) Dani and Brande Elise. 9) Derek J. 10) DJ Toni K. 11) Gary Hayes. 12) Gocha Hawkins. 13) Lakara Foster. 14) Milan Christopher. 15) Patrik Ian Polk. 16) Siah Reed. 17) Tevin Barnett and Antonio Williams. 18) Victor Jackson. 19) Jaimee Balenciaga. by Chris Mitchell/CME 3000 & Michael Seabrook.