BY: Amber Vaughan
DJ Maestro kept the crowd on their feet as Mark Micallef, the General Manager of Food and Beverage for Ovations Food Services, served up blue concoctions, while party goers danced in the Sunday evening breeze at the Maritime Park Clubhouse for, “Mingling and Networking.”
The event, a Banks Enterprise, LLC and Angel McShan PRC production, was created to give residents an opportunity to socialize and network with each other in open environment. William “Cadillac” Banks, who normally does concert promotions, thought it was time to give the more mature crowd something to do.
“The purpose for last night’s event is to have somewhere for grown folks to be able to come to get their mingle and social networking on – and have a good time,” said Banks. In terms of location, choosing the clubhouse was an easy decision “It’s a nice facility… it’s something new.”
In addition, to mingling and networking, guests were also given the opportunity to purchase African art and jewelry, courtesy of Claude Perry, who has been in the merchandising business for forty years.
Overlooking the newly constructed Pensacola Wahoo’s stadium, attendees were able to win tickets to the upcoming Fresh Fest, dine on finger foods and enjoy a breathtaking view.
Williams said he is also working on putting together “a free beach family reunion party, on Johnson’s beach…hopefully before the summers out. We’ll call it a Pensacola Family Reunion, everybody can come – free food.”
Williams said he is also in talks to bring R. Kelly and Mary J. Blige to the area. However, he said he was encountering some problems with that task.
“The African American community waits to the last minute to buy the tickets and that’s bad – that’s really bad when you’re bringing in top headlining artists…you don’t see the return coming back.”
Williams continued, “It makes you want to take the event somewhere else where you won’t have that problem. It’s really important that they buy the tickets. If they want top notch artists…when the tickets go on sale, they need to try and buy the tickets. ”
Despite some of the drawbacks his line of work presents, Williams ensured that this definitely won’t be the last of his events – and to stay tuned for the next “Cadillac,” event.