This past weekend, I had the sincere honor of being a part of the team that executed the Hope Celebrity Weekend. . The annual event, which spans for three days consisted of a forum, celebrity reception, comedy show, casino night, concert and golf tournament. The event is presented by the Still Hope Foundation. The Still Hope Foundation was established to lighten the parenting responsibilities borne by single mothers throughout the Hampton Roads, Virginia communities.
Memorable Events by Apryl. LLC was one the planners for the weekend along with Occasional Pearl Events. The weekend was a great success due to the efforts of ALL of the vendors who contributed their services such as The KBD Group, Astro Entertainment, The Neptune Festival as well as a long list of others!
I have compiled some photos that I snapped from the evening as well as some that were taken by Kenne Walker. I will try to shorten this post as much as I can, but with as many activities, celebrities and VIP’s involved- it will be hard, lol.
The kickoff event for the weekend was the She’source Forum which was held at the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront. The forum was moderated by Alveta Ewell and consisted of panelist of women business leaders who shared their perspectives on business, life and family. The forum was followed by a luncheon with our keynote speaker, Dr. Patricia Harbour.
Friday evening consisted of the Celebrity and Sponsor reception which was held at The Sandler Center. The event was the precursor to the Comedy Show which was hosted by April Woodard and showcased the comedy stylings of Mark Robinson, Theo Von, Lil Rel, George Willborn and Anthony Anderson.
We returned to the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront on Saturday for the Hope Casino Night. The event was attended by over 850 guests which included local politicians, national sports figures and entertainers.
Following the Casino Night event, was the Eddie Levert Concert which was held at the Neptune Park Stage. Mr. Levert, one of the founding members of the legendary O’Jays, belted tunes from all spans of his illustrious career! After the concert, special guests were invited back to the hotel for a special Meet & Greet session with Mr. Levert.
The finale event to the Hope Celebrity Weekend was the Celebrity Golf Tournament which was held at Cahoon Plantation Golf Course.