Enjoy this video recap of the gala created using Snapchat and set to our theme song!
As I sit here and write this post, I am so overwhelmed with emotion! I want to take a moment to that everyone who helped make our 10th anniversary Gala a huge success! Whole we had some snags on the road to success, I am so pleased with ow the show turned out. Even with the forced venue change at the last minute, we had about 150 people attend our event! So thank you to everyone on the planning and volunteer team, and thank you to all the attendees, vendors, and sponsors! You guys showed up and showed out.
I want to give two special shout outs! One to my family – they came from varying parts of the country to celebrate with me and I will love you guys forever. My second shout out is to the ladies of the Queenaration! This special group of ladies (most of which I met in person for the first time at the event), came from all over the country to be there to celebrate this achievement! It feels good when you have a great circle who loves and supports you!
All attendees received their very own print copy of the newly redesigned Naptural Roots Magazine. It was a special 10th Anniversary Double Edition that featured two different covers and two complete magazines in one! If you didn’t receive a magazine, you can purchase copies OR you can subscribe to receive 4 issues per year.
VIP guests were treated to a special reception catered by Meals by China and complimentary soda, water, wine, or sangria at our Wine and Sangria Bar! Because our VIPs are royalty, they received the 1st ever Royalty Box filled with all sorts of good for your hair and body! If you want to know what was in the box or how to purchase from the participating companies, click here.
If you didn’t make it to the gala, but still want your very own Royalty Box (filled with some of the same items, but also some sexy new items), we have a limited number of Royalty Boxes for sale. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to our Lupus Fundraiser in our quest to raise at least $500 for Lupus Research!
Celebrity Fashion Designer, and also our Art and Fashion Editor, Charon Richardson of G’wan By Charon treated us to a mini fashion show to showcase some of her exclusive designs! Our models of all shapes and sizes were fabulous from head to toe! With their hair SLAYED by our partner BeautyLynk and their faces expertly beat by Celebrity Makeup Artist, Frederick Sanders and his team, our models were fierce in every way and had the walks to prove it!
Our master of ceremonies, Comedian Damion “Mr. Inappropriate” Clarke, came and showed out! He kept the crowd laughing and keep the show moving. He even had his own mini fashion show that included our event attendees having a chance to “strut their stuff on the catwalk”. While his name may be Mr. Inappropriate, he was very appropriate and gave us a clean comedy set and he kept he show running like clockwork, professionalism from beginning to end!
Our gala wouldn’t be complete without music and poetry! Two beautiful queens and one handsome king graced our stage and showered us with their talent! LaToria (Houston, Tx) came and rocked the house. She had the crowd singing and chanting along with her. Zema Love Fire brought her own version of soul that moved us to sway along with her! And fiery poet Storm, brought us back to reality with his moving piece of poetry!
We aren’t just about partying at Naptural Roots. We are also about education and awareness. Our own Dr. Kela Henry gave us a very informative talk about Lupus. Early detection is important as this auto-immune disease is disproportionately affecting our African American women!
Artist Sean Mulkey joined us to raise funds for Lupus research by creating a LIVE piece of art that was auctioned off at the end of the night. His piece raised $250 that will all be donated to our Lupus Fundraiser that runs through the end of May (Lupus Awareness Month). If you are interested in donating to the cause, please click here. All donations will be sent to the Lupus Foundation of America!
We rounded out the evening with our 1st Annual Nappies Awards! We recognized the hard work of 7 beautiful ladies (4 in attendance) who are at the top of their respective games!
- Whitney White (Naptural85) for Best Natural Hair Blogger/ Vlogger
- Charon Richardson for Best Fashion Blogger/ Vlogger
- Patrice Yursik (Afrobella) for Best Beauty Blogger/ Vlogger
- Lea Branch (Daily Fitness Zone) Best Fitness Blogger/ Vlogger
- Cultured Naturals BC for Best Natural Hair Care Line
- Adiva Naturals for Best Skin Care Line
- PNK Digger for Best Cosmetics Line