lilD: Charity events take a stand this winterWritten by lilD | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Someone must have told the winter we’re not ready for it yet.
I don’t know about you, but every day that I don’t see snow is a reason to celebrate!
A couple organizations in Toledo felt the same way, and are making December the precedent for wonderful things to come in the New Year.
For the fourth year, the Diabetes Awareness Red Carpet Event Fashion Show will help raise awareness of diabetes while providing entertainment for people of all ages. What separates this fashion show from other shows of its kind with people walking down a stage wearing clothes, is the cultural aspect.
There are seven different scenes with accompanying fashion, ranging from Hip-Hop urban wear to a yacht scene to a kids scene. Thanks to local and national businesses like Priceless Designs, Charlotte Rousse and Caroleah’s Hair and Beauty Salon, each scene will have a unique look and feel to it.
Clubs advisor and choreographer Shawanda Johnson understands how difficult it can become to draw a crowd to something other than Free Before 11 at the club.
Even though diabetes is most prevalent in the African-American community, “we’re the ones that really aren’t trying to find a cure,” Johnson stressed.
So in an effort to attract younger people to the show, there are more than just models walking down a runway. There are dancers, spoken-word artists and musicians.
R&B crooner Tracy will perform, as well as female rapper E~B and Owens Dance Express.
The show will be “entertaining and educational” for all who attend, Johnson said.
The Diabetes Awareness Red Carpet Event Fashion Show will be this Friday, Dec. 3 at Owens Community College Center for Performing Arts.
DJ One Tyme will provide the music, and I will be your host. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the show starts at 6 p.m., and all the proceeds go to the American Diabetes Association.
Just a couple weeks after the Fashion Show is a basketball tournament like nothing you’ve ever seen (unless you saw the tournament last year).
Dunkin’ 4 Donations is a basketball championship with teams of local entertainment groups. Each team competes until there is only one left, to whom the trophy and bragging rights go.
Organizers Tracy Haynes (yes, the singer), David Ross and Damon Hogan from Hogan’s Bail Bonds saw a depressed economy in 2009 amidst the recession, and felt no child should go without the joys of the holidays because times were hard. Instead of talking about it, they organized a charity basketball event.
Haynes was ready to change the negative stereotype carried by young African-Americans in Toledo, and wanted to “show that the youth can come together and do something positive.”
Last year’s game was a huge success, and this year can only get bigger. With regionally known teams such as the Swagger Boys, Hustle Hand and ATL competing, and a surprise musical performance, this year’s game will be talked about well into 2011.
Dunkin’ 4 Donations is tentatively scheduled for Dec. 19 from 6-10 p.m., and I’ll keep you posted on the location. Admission is only $5, and $4 with an unwrapped toy.
The cash proceeds will buy more unwrapped toys, which will be distributed to the Family House, and a few families that the Hands Over Hearts Organization has decided to help.
Both the Diabetes Awareness Red Carpet Event Fashion Show and Dunkin’ 4 Donations will provide so much entertainment, you won’t even realize you’re doing a good deed! (Is that more encouragement to go?)