Yesterday, The National Alumnae Association of Spelman College’s LA Chapter and Congenial Spirits celebrated two decades of philanthropy. The prestigious gala took place at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel in Downtown L.A. The gala honored Being Mary Jane creator, Mara Brock Akil, actress and philanthropist Holly Robinson Peete, and Spelman alumna Traci Blackwell.
Attendees were invited to participate in a silent auction, enjoy specialty cocktails like the Spelman LA Sip, and listen to a live performance by artist Andra Day. Guests were also gifted with goodies from sponsors Fox (a copy of the Academy Award winning film 12 Years a Slave), Carol’s Daughter, OPI, Warner Bros. Records, and Chik-fil-a.
Flip the pages to see more photos from the star studded event and congrats to these exceptional women on being honored.
President of NAASC LA Chapter Margaret Johnson and Spelman College President Dr. Beverly Tatum
Sally Richardson and Dondre Whitfield
Spelman alum and TV personality Rolanda Watts.
Vampire Diaries actress Kat Graham, Honoree/Spelman Alum and CW VP Traci Blackwell, and actress Essence Atkins.
Television host Kevin Frazier.
Derek “Fonsworth” Watkins and actress Fawn Watkins.
CMO Congenial Spirits Vaughn Halyard, Holly,Traci, Mara,Kevin.
Mara,Traci,Dr.Tatum, and Holly.
Holly and actor James Lesure.
Actress Vanessa Calloway.
Recording Artist Andra Day.
Salim Akil, Tia Lowry, and Mara Brock Akil.
Specialty cocktails Bourbon Blue, Peach in The City, and Spelman LA Sip.
Holly Robinson, Andra, and Ryan Peete.
Felicia Henderson,Gina Prince Bythewood, and Mara.
Mara and Margaret Johnson.
Mara holding her honorary plaque.
Holly with the Spelman LA Committee.
Spelman LA Committee.
Actress Jennifer Freeman, Kat, Traci, Essence, and
Traci holding her honorary plaque.
Gala gift bags.