FINAL FANTASY THANKS YOUS!!!!!!!!!
- Stephaun Elite Manolo Blahnik
Well well well.....I am on vacation ladies and gents so I didnt know about this thread until like 5 mins ago. I don't have a report or anything, however, I would like to make a couple important annoucements.
1. From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank EVERYONE who thought enough to show up, regardless of your reason. I was pleased with the turn out. This event meant alot to me personally and professionally. Personally because I put so much of myself in to it, working very hard to cross every "t" and dot every "i" to give everyone a very nice event overall, and judging by the responses I have been getting.....I did that! Professionally, this event meant a lot to me because my agency is breaking ground into this culture in a real way and I am glad that I am here to facilitate that process as well as bridge service providers with the ballroom community (something thats been needing to be done for years). This event was more than just a ball, and if you ask anyone who was there (especially from the beginning), they will vouch for that!
2. I have learned a few things from this experience, made many mental notes, and trust me when I say that NEXT YEARS is going to be even bigger. HIV Prevention Balls in my opinion are VERY important to creating linkage and access to care and services, and as long as I am able, I will push for them to happen here in Atlanta. I am looking forward to collaborating with a few people and houses in the near future who have expressed a sincere interest in seeing more work done with Prevention Balls and the ballroom scene.
I appreciate all the Youth Board members of The Evolution Project who showed up to support. Thanks again to all the sponsors: Tibotec Pharmacuticals, New York State Black Gay Network, Fulton County Health Department and Welness, Youth Pride, NAESM/DA CRIBB, Our Common Welfare.
Thanks to AID Atlanta's STD Program team for providing syphilis screens, and to the 100 Distinguished Studs and 100 Extrodinary Femmes of Atlanta for providing their volunteer service.
Thank you again to all of those who came, traveled, walked, spectated, and even those that didnt come. You all helped make this event totally memorable for me. I also had a lot of fun commentating.....I might try that again in the future.
A few notables in the building:
Icon Andre Mizrahi
Icon Malshon Milan (sp)
Legend Tommy Avant Garde
Legendary Jay Manolo Blahnik
Legendary Jon Massai
Legendary Jamiee Balenciaga
Legendary Gigi Prodigy
Legendary Clint Cavalli
Legendary Luna 007
Legendary Fred Chanel
If I missed anyone, charge it to the drinks and not my heart!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thank you the UNDENIABLE HOUSE OF MANOLO BLAHNIK for coming out and supporting this!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Stephaun Elite Manolo Blahnik
Board Member, National Board of Directors
The House of Manolo Blahnik
Community Activist-Health Educator-Empowerment Specialistwww.stephaunelite.com
SOVO's 2007 Best of Gay Atlanta- Reader's Choice "Up & Coming Activist" Award Winner
2007 Recipient of Icon Kevin Ultra Omni's- Ballroom Community Leadership Award
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