Red Dress Gala annual
NOV 2017 ISSUE 15
Welcome to Classy Living Societyâ€™s 4th Annual Red Dress Gala - The Compassion Gala! We are so pleased and grateful for your attendance this afternoon. We are also very excited to bring awareness to the causes that affect our community, but typically do not garner mainstream recognition. To that end, we are pleased to welcome extraordinary women who are doing extraordinary things in our community:
Mapillar Dahn Founder of My Three Sicklers
Natalie Y. Beavers Founder of the Angels of Epilepsy
Dr. Chanda Pilgrim Psychologist, UP Therapy
Tamiko Lowry-Pugh Activist against domestic violence and supporter of Marsyâ€™ Law for Georgia
Stephanie Jackson Lifelink of Georgia We hope you will be inspired by the speakers, entertainers and the beautiful women sitting all around you. The Gala is a true celebration of giving back, sisterhood, the amazing organizations we partner with, and the causes we are passionate about.
Thank you for your support in furthering the vision and mission of Classy Living Society. We cannot do what we do without you!
CLASSY LIVING SOCIETY Who we are
Founded in 2013, Classy Living Society (CLS) is a membership driven women’s organization committed to providing hands-on volunteers in the community and serving as a community partner while hosting fundraisers for local charities and nonprofit organizations. Additionally, CLS is proud of our unique niche of specializing in fabulous, fun, and extraordinary events. As the premier social club and self-proclaimed “foot soldiers” for nonprofit and communitybased organizations, CLS is committed to fostering positive sisterhood bonding environments for women to give back, mentor our youth, and care for those who might otherwise be overlooked and neglected. We provide a superior platform which allows women to connect with other like-minded local, professional women to build lifelong friendships and network with those who are movers and shakers and truly making a difference in their communities. CLS promotes a vision to socialize, volunteer and inspire! For more information about Classy Living Society please visit us online at www.cls-volunteer.org.
Why You Should Join
Classy Living Society CLS is a trendsetting womenâ€™s organization which has positioned itself to become innovators of community service while providing a positive sisterhood bonding environment. As we strive to make a difference in the communities we serve, we invite you to join us. Â Below are ten top reasons to join Classy Living Society.
Give Back to the Community
If you have a passion for philanthropy, CLS is the place for you! CLS is a hands-on partner with other community service organizations and nonprofits - giving you the opportunity to participate in a number of worthwhile give back initiatives. Our Number One priority is volunteering our time and resources in order to enrich the lives and futures of those in our own communities. Â Join us as we commit to changing the world!
If you desire to connect with other ladies and make new friends, as a member you will be in touch with other like-minded women. CLS fosters sisterhood and promotes a vision to inspire and cultivate genuine friendships. The organization is committed to hosting high-end, exciting and premier events, galas and social functions throughout the year where you can enjoy friendship, fun and fabulous lifestyles.
Through the CLS Biz Zone, CLS endeavors to facilitate development and growth in businesses as well as in our members. You will have access to education through CLS educational workshops, support from within the organization through networking, promotion and patronage and more! CLS provides a number of forums in which businesses can advertise and promote and provide incentives within the organization to build an entirely new customer base! As a member, you can take advantage of a program fashioned to empower, rejuvenate and promote growth for you and your business.
Enhance your network
Make new business contacts with other entrepreneurs. Gain new business ideas and ways to grow your business. You also have the opportunity to share your expertise and knowledge. Not a businesswoman? Maybe you’ll be inspired to turn your hobby or passion into a money-making venture for yourself. CLS membership will give you the opportunity to network and get to know sisters who are doing big things in the community!
Grow your business
ОппортунпфонапOpportunities Within the Organization
Do you like to write? Do you have experience in marketing or project management? Do you have a background in accounting? Or experience with board service? If you have a skill or talent to offer that CLS can use, you may have the opportunity to work within the organization, as a team member or leader, a ‘ board member, a blogger or writer for CLS’ digital magazine, the Classy Chronicles and much, much more. Enrich the organization as you enhance your personal and professional development!
Exclusive Member Events
CLS’ glamorous, unique and personalized events are the epitome of class. Each host venue is fully transformed by innovative designs and customized decor — and each attendee will be dazzled by the rich splendor of the event. Entertainment, speakers, media and presentations never cease to inspire and are guaranteed to leave a long-lasting impression. Each tasteful event exudes refinement, charm and elegance — the brand of the organization is personified by every Classy Living Society event.
CLS has its own line of socially conscious lipsticks bringing awareness to causes affecting the world — $2.00 from each lipstick purchase is donated to a number of non-profit organizations that are making a difference in the lives of people who need it most. Become a part of the movement #iwearshade.
CLS is Socially Conscious
Through its green initiative, CLS Cares, CLS is committed to preserving our environment by providing resources for carpooling/ridesharing to member events, recycling, adopting local roads, gardening and urban sustainability. CLS ensures that member events are eco-friendly and makes “going green” a priority.
Membership Levels and Perks
CLS offers a variety of membership tiers -- the premise is: pay less membership fee-volunteer less hours--receive less benefits; pay more membership fees--volunteer more hours--receive more benefits! The choice is yours - depending on your desired level of involvement. Membership tiers include: Classy Advocate, Stepping into Classy and Oh So Classy! You possess the freedom to choose a more closely customized membership that’s just right for you! Membership also have its privileges - CLS perks, that is! Benefits include movie ticket discounts, CLS event discounts, Shade lipcolor discounts, health and physical fitness initiatives, educational workshops and more!
CLS Book Club
Do you love to read? Join your Sisters to discuss the latest books at periodic Dine and Discuss meetings. These quarterly gatherings will be held in various locales to accommodate our nationwide membership with the goal in mind to present an annual national collaborative meeting. Classy Woman Reads Book Club is designed to inspire women to think outside the box, socialize with like-minded women and READ!
CLS is a unique organization that represents a movement to unite women across the nation who share a passion for service and an awesome responsibility to be the change we want to see in our communities.
Join us today! We look forward to engaging and connecting with you soon!
RED DRESS GALA
The Red Dress Gala is an annual fundraising event hosted by Classy Living Society to benefit charities within the community. The Gala also serves to honor and applaud the extraordinary work of organizations we are passionate about; and to introduce CLS as a premier women’s volunteer organization with a sincere and deep-rooted enthusiasm for philanthropic efforts. Celebrating the Cause is a mantra which is often expressed among those who are familiar with CLS and our relentless enthusiasm for inspiring, socializing, mobilizing and encouraging like-minded women on their quest to help change the world!
The Red Dress Gala will celebrate and benefit selected nonprofit organizations with financial and nonperishable donations while bringing awareness to their causes. Recognize two Atlanta based nonprofit organizations doing amazing work in the community to enrich the lives of women and girls by bringing awareness to their causes and awarding them the Classy Living Award.
My Three Sicklers Sickle Cell Foundation, Inc (mythreesicklers.org) increases public awareness of Sickle Cell Anemia and provides support to families affected by Sickle Cell disease.
Angels of Epilepsy (www.angelsofepilepsy.org/) supports, advocates, and inspires many around the world living with epilepsy-seizures.
As we pay homage to individuals suffering from epilepsy, depression and sickle cell and highlight community based organizations making a difference in the lives of girls and young women, we will celebrate their hard work and achievements through a series of short musical vignettes and captivating live performances in what is sure to be an extraordinary and memorable event!
ANGELS OF EPILEPSY Angels of Epilepsy (“AOE”) is a foundation and advocacy organization in the Atlanta, Georgia area that supports, advocates, and inspires many around the world living with epilepsy/seizures. Founded by Natalie Y. Beavers, AOE’s mission is to assist and support survivors and their families as they endure the tough times associated with battling this severe medical condition. AOE is dedicated to advocate for the many epilepsy survivors, especially children, who suffer from depression, are victims of bullying and are otherwise segregated because of social stigma. Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, Natalie was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of 5. During her high school years, Natalie and her family thought she had become seizure free, but the seizures reoccurred during her college years. The seizures decreased considerably after hospitalizations and surgeries, but because of an inoperable cyst that remains on her brain, she still has periodic seizures. She also lives with short-term memory loss and weakness. Empathy for other epileptics and her own life experiences as a survivor of the disease encouraged Natalie to launch the Angels of Epilepsy Foundation in 2008. One such life experience led Natalie to endorse a new law which would assist in ensuring safety in the lives of epileptics. Some years ago, she was involved in a tragic car accident when she suffered a seizure while driving. Natalie and AOE are lobbying in Congress to pass a law to revoke the driver’s licenses of epilepsy patients when it is determined by a doctor that their impairment precludes them from safe driving. Under the proposed “Sandra Beckett Law,” epilepsy patients would have to be seizure free for a prescribed period of time before they are allowed to drive again. AOE also loves to bring smiles to the faces of those battling with epilepsy and other disabilities. They collect donations of toys, books for children and adults, games, scarves, socks, and so many other necessities to go into gift baskets to be distributed to patients in hospitals near and far. AOE will continue to spread awareness to the plight of those suffering from epilepsy as statistics show that the number of those stricken by the disease has recently increased. AOE is passionate about this cause, and seeks celebrities, dignitaries, political figures and many others to join AOE’s campaign #EpilepsyLivesMatter.
MY THREE SICKLERS Sickle cell disease affects people of many racial and ethnic groups. In the United States alone, 90,000 to 100,000 people, mainly Blacks or African Americans, have sickle cell. The disease occurs in approximately one of every 500 Black or African-American births and in approximately one of every 36,000 Hispanic-American births. My Three Sicklers (“MTS”) Sickle Cell Foundation was founded by Mapillar Dahn, the mother of three beautiful daughters who are each affected by the sickle cell disease. A 501(c)3 non-profit organization, MTS is committed to helping sickle cell patients and their families get through the long and arduous journey of life with sickle cell disease. Since its inception, MTS has delivered moral and financial support to sickle cell patients and their families. In addition, MTS endeavors to increase the public’s awareness of sickle cell anemia by supporting research and educational activities and providing information to the public on how to assist and support those affected. The organization provides support to families by sponsoring meetings, events, and workshops to teach those affected how to live well with the disease. MTS has garnered widespread recognition and awards from numerous institutions, locally, regionally, and internationally, in helping sickle cell patients and creating awareness about the disease. Among others, MTS initiatives include: MTS Birthday Club and Birthday for a Cause - people from around the globe “donate” their birthdays online and raise funds to purchase birthday gifts for children living with sickle cell in the United States. Summer Camp Scholarship - MTS raises funds for scholarships to Camp New Hope, a week-long camp organized by the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, for children battling with sickle cell disease. Annual Kickball Tournament - MTS recently held their 2nd Annual Kickball Tournament and proceeds from the event will benefit MTS to aid in its continuing quest to bring awareness to the Sickle Cell Disease.
A look back On the occasion of our Fourth Annual Red Dress Gala, Classy Living Society would like to turn a reminiscent eye back to our previous three Galas and revisit the extraordinary causes and organizations we have honored and are greatly passionate about.
1 The First
Annual Red Dress Gala
was held on June 22, 2014 at the Twelve Atlantic Station in Midtown Atlanta. The purpose of the inaugural gala was to introduce CLS as a premier women’s community service organization, a hands-on community partner, and a host organization of fundraisers for local charities in Georgia. “Celebrating the Cause” was the mantra of the day as CLS honored Cheerful Givers, a 501(c) (3) organization committed to providing birthday gift bags to children in need through shelters and food pantries. Gala attendees were asked to bring a love offering of red bags filled with toys for young children and this collection was presented to Cheerful Givers to further their cause.
Annual Red Dress Gala
was a magical affair held in November, 2015 in the Grand Ballroom of the Le Méridien Hotel in Dunwoody, Georgia. Distinctive honor was given to Jennifer Ann’s Group, a non-profit organization founded by Mr. Drew Crecente. The organization, formed in memory of Mr. Crecente’s daughter, Jennifer Ann, aspires to prevent teen dating violence through awareness, education and advocacy. Gala attendees were moved and inspired by speeches by Kimya Motley, founder of Haven of Light International and Ms. Nikki Payne. Both of these courageous woman spoke about their experiences as domestic violence survivors and their continuing fight against it.
Annual Red Dress Gala led the classy ladies dressed in red back to the location of the first Gala -the fabulous Twelve Atlantic Station in Midtown Atlanta in November 2016. Classy Living Society paid homage to human and sex trafficing survivors and emphasized the accomplishments of community-based organizations making a difference in the lives of girls and young women such as: 4Sarah - a faith-based nonprofit organization founded by Kasey McClure. 4Sarah’s mission is to empower change in the life direction of women and girls who are adult entertainers, prostitutes, escorts, porn stars, or victims of sex trafficking by providing educational, emotional, physical, and spiritual support. Love Rolls, Inc. - founded by then 15-year-old Kendall Robinson, Love Rolls collects toilet paper for distribution to the homeless through local agencies in partnership with the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Recognized by state and local officials and most importantly, President Barack Obama, Love Rolls supplies toilet rolls to those in need with LOVE. Girls, Inc. - with Anno Hardage at the helm as CEO, Girls, Inc. provides life skills and inspires girls to be strong, smart and bold through mentoring and research based hands on programs.
Educated Girls Rock! - founded by Nisha Glenn, works in close partnership with educators and technology providers to constantly improve the quality and relevance of girls and young women in education. Pink S.T.E.M. - founded by Tamika Ray, bridges the gap and helps girls and minorities by increasing their awareness and interest in science, technology, engineering and math.
Classy Living Society’s Annual Red Dress Gala embodies the spirit of the organization’s zest for giving back, inspiring, socializing, mobilizing and encouraging like-minded women to be someone greater than themselves! It is a welcome opportunity to shine the light on those organizations and causes we find worthwhile. It is also an aweinspiring privilege to partner with these organizations in our quest to change the world - one step at a time!
“As we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” Marianne Williamson
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Special Edition of the 4th Annual Red Dress Gala.