The AKAs of Pensacola Set it Off in 50 Shades of Pink.
By Carlyn A. James
It was a weekend of Pink in Pensacola on September 12-13. The members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® hosted its annual Pink in the City III event in 50 Shades. The event was held at the Corrine Jones-Sanders Beach Community Center. AKA went Pink for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, Red for the NW Florida American Heart Association, and Purple for Covenant Alzheimer’s Services. As this was a sold out event, tickets were sold for $35.00. Ten dollars from each ticket sale was donated to charity. Each organization was presented a check in the amount of $1500.00. Nearly 350 guest attended Pink in the City III. This year’s Honorary Chair was 2014 Pro-Football Hall of Fame Inductee Derrick Brooks.
Doors opened at 6pm but the dance took place from 7:00 p.m. until midnight. The 7:15 p.m. Showtime presentation included a special tribute to cancer survivors, heart/stroke survivors, and Alzheimer’s patients’ caregivers. The evening consisted of an opening presentation by the “Pretty in Pink” AKAs of Pensacola and the “Gentlemen in PINK”. Music was played by DJ “Cool Ice Water,” throughout the gala. Before everyone hit the dance floor an acknowledgement of the event’s corporate sponsors, presentations to the three charities, and an “infotainment” video Pinking the City III written and directed by event co-chair Mamie Webb Hixon and arranged by Vernon Watson, Owner of WBQP TV, one of the sorority’s 2015 Pink in the City Partners. 50 shades of pink went red for heart healthiness. Therefore, every hour on the hour, guests participated in a HEART HEALTHY AKA-ercise led by Gail Johnson, owner and instructor of Dance Studio 61. Johnson taught the audience a heart-healthy line dance. Then local fitness coach Laticia “Action” Jackson led the audience in a heart-healthy exercise routine.
The majority of guest styled in Pink attire which was preferred, but not required. The banquet hall was certainly “pinked” in fifty shades by professional decorator and pink partner Margaret Hatton, dinner was prepared by Pink in the City Partner Cole’s Wings ‘n Things. Winners of the 50/50 door prize raffle were “tickled pink”. Pink Partner the Fish House provided a Cash Bar. Those proceeds went to MSABC, Covenant Alzheimer’s, and the Heart Association.
The DIAMOND corporate partners for the 2015 pink gala were Dr. Marcus Paul (Cosmetic and Family Dentistry), Gulf Power Company, the Fish House, Choice WRNE 980/106.9 FM, Joe Patti’s Seafood, WBQP TV, Award Masters, Elite Printing, Bay Limousine, and Kali Brigham, Pink Cadillac Sales Director with Mary Kay Cosmetics. These PEARL Partners were Cole’s Wings ‘n Things, A Lil’ Touch of Elegance, Out Front Magazine, Carmen Jones Photography, The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (MSABC), Covenant Alzheimer’s Services, and Northwest Florida American Heart Association; and BRONZE Partners were Magic 106.1 FM Radio, Dr. & Mrs. Kurt Jones, What’s Happening Pensacola, Soulful Sundays, Zion Hope P.B. Church DIVAS, Sandy Sansing BMW, Custom Balloons, Dance Konnection, and Cherished Memories Forever Photography by Grace Snowden. PINK TABLETOP PATRONS include these businesses: The Ivy House Foundation, the Gathering and Awareness Book Center, Coffee Cup Restaurant, Piccadilly Cafeteria, and Underwood Anderson & Associates.
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