The Still Standing & Stepping out Purple Affair held its Annual fundraiser on October 1, 2016, at the Charles F. Easley, Sr. Conference Pavilion located in Atlanta, GA. The Purple Affair Fundraiser was held in honor of Survivors of Domestic Violence. The event encompassed a dinner, fashion show, live entertainment and a silent auction in hopes of bridging the gap between survivors and the community.
Executive Director Tamiko Lowry-Pugh graced the room wearing a beautiful purple gown, and bright smile; with warm greetings to every person she passed. Attendees (including myself) stepped onto the purple carpet to snap a few flicks, and pose for fellow cameramen and women. As I make my way off of the purple carpet, Mrs. Tamiko herself complimented my traditional African skirt, as I exchange greetings with her ENTIRE get-up from make-up to high heels! WE laugh, pose for the cameras, and made our way to the upper level of the pavilion, and mingled with the vendors comfortably nestled around the staircase. Vendors included Tina of Just me Totes, Damsel in Defense, Oui Premium Liquors, and many more!
Attendees then made their way into the main event area as greeters walked each entering guest to the reserved seating. Tables lined with candles, chairs tied with purple ribbons, and jazz on the surround sound was the perfect accent to usher in the ambiance of Love and Survival. As dinner is served, and drinks are being poured; the stage comes alive with a live performance by singer Amber Lashae and a fashion show.
Speakers such as Lisa Rayam of Fox 5, Benefit Auctioneer and reporter for Fox 5, Georgia Franco, and Dr. Alexcius Branch, brought laughter and warmth to the audience with their words of encouragement to survivors and listening ears. The event ends with a silent auction to raise money and awareness for the ever increasing phenomena of domestic violence and the fight to relinquish its grips on those whom seemingly believe there is no way out.
To those who are dealing with the overwhelming effects of domestic violence or know someone who is….Always remember the power behind the color purple. The color purple represents ambition, dignity, independence and magic. And for you who are reading this message, I want you to know that you indeed are ambitious, dignified, independent, and magical!
Wherever you see purple, remember that the Still Standing Foundation has got your back! And if decide to inquire more about the Still Standing Organization, make sure to tell them… The Gypsy Empress Sent Ya!
The Gypsy Empress