Sept. 28th, 2019 was the 3rd Annual Purple and Green Gala Fundraiser and Award Ceremony! I can't believe we made it to number 3. I was overwhelmed with tears that day. Looking back on how far I've come with my organization Our Children's Story, Inc.
I remember this being just a thought without a name, no identity. Now, here I am 3 Gala's in and the growth has been unimaginable in ways I can't even begin to explain. This path has affected me (in a very positive way) mentally, physically, emotionally, etc. I am still growing, however, I am definitely pleased with how far I have come.
There were some behind the scenes hiccups that almost made me quit, however, I kept pushing and trusting that all that was meant will flourish without me getting in the way of the universe.
The event pressed on, even with the hiccup! We started the event by introducing the newest member and program director with Our Children's Story, Inc. Idalia LaPointe. Her program D.A.D (Dignify A Diva) assists women and young girls who are emerging from traumatic situations. She gifts the toiletries and resources to those in need.
Libra, then led a game called "Name that Tune" in which she enlisted guests to guess what song she was singing in exchange for a prize. As the evening continued Saniya Raks, Ameera Johari and Basimah Baila blessed us with solo belly dance numbers representing the different styles of belly dancing in each number that took place.
Cairo Williams International Model and Coach, as well as CEO of Clock and Flow, led Tameche Brown and Maria Crayton (members of the Our Children's Story, Inc. Team) in a posing lesson followed by a model strut that included guests who were in attendance.
After all the fun, the ceremony starts. The stories, tears, and love that were exchanged during the event were unmatched. I knew I wanted a safe place for people to feel the love which would lead to them feeling safe with sharing the chapters of their lives as well as hearing others share their lives.
The honorees were as followed:
Dr. Najma Hunter
Calvin and Anthony Smith
Deloris Cotton - Smith
My favorite moment was how everyone got the message. How everyone that came left with what I wanted them to leave with which was insight.
I always knew going into building this legacy and empire it wouldn't be easy, however, I am not one to easily scare. With each challenge comes growth and with growth comes a foundation that will never be shaken. I know there will be more mistakes and lessons to learn, yet I am ready for it all.
I am determined to build a lasting legacy for my family.
Salute to you all