When you get the invite that’s when things become real and you know you are going to have a great time. And that’s what each of these events in our 2015 Best Events category provided, a good time, for attendees, be it free or at cost. Each of the events and its coordinators took the time to create and execute a one of a kind experience for attendees. Ranging from health fairs to award ceremonies to a concert, these were the best events that anyone could have experienced in 2015. Be sure to mark your calendar because these are steadfast events, so they will be back for 2016 and years to come. Let’s look at this eventful list:
10 SHADES OF SUCCESS
10 Shades of Success held its 2nd Annual event in support of 10 Notable and Influential women in Dallas in which their achievements were celebrated. This year’s event donated to Trend Next-What’s Now, What’s New, What’s Next and was held on Thurs., May 28, 2015 at The Space in Dallas, TX.
This year’s event had a special meaning and notoriety as past honoree DeDe McGuire of DeDe in the Morning returned to emcee the celebration of women and charity. The theme for this year was “Southern” and Chef Richard of Catering by Chef Richard and celebrity Chef Meshelle served a surprise platted meal along with a delectable desserts by a special celebrity baker.
Guests experienced a special cocktail hour for photo opportunities with all 10 Honorees and Founder/President, Karen Michelle.
“It is my personal and business goal to bring successful women in one room to recognize their achievement’s and to also have all of us join for one common success story of supporting Trend Next,” said Karen Michelle. “The idea is to create an atmosphere of leading ladies that will continue to carry their career efforts outside of this event and share the message of being an advocate for charitable causes.”
10 Shades of Success has an active mission to bring forth influential, empowering, and successful women; utilizing their involvement in the community to generate awareness towards charitable initiatives. The vision is to become one of the most successful, leading example women organizations within the Dallas sector to raise a generous amount of funds to donate to a non-profit organization and impact the message of charity.
Karen Michelle is a native of Dallas. She is a graduate of Hillcrest High School and began her collegiate career at a Dallas private college where she majored in communications. After the completion of her freshmen year, Karen Michelle decided to take a break from school to gain some hands on experience in the fashion industry. Starting her career out with modeling jobs for retail stores and auditioning for television series. Soon Karen Michelle had made her mark behind the scenes. In 2008, she produced her very first fashion show, Phantom Runway, benefiting Genesis Women’s Shelter in Dallas, TX. With the show sponsored by countless companies throughout the Dallas area and the assistance of El Centro College fashion students and instructors, she was able to raise a lot of eyebrows and a great profit for the non-profit organization.
After much consideration, Karen Michelle embarked upon one of the greatest opportunities of her life; going back to school to obtain a degree in Fashion Marketing. Her fascination with marketing, public relations, and fashion production birthed Front House Management (FHM). Established in 2010, FHM Fashion PR has developed strategies to meet the needs of every client by developing local and national media campaigns for a variety of lifestyles. FHM is based in Dallas and provides various brands with worldwide capabilities, yet, specializing in giving individualized attention to her clientele. Karen Michelle is also the brain child behind one of the largest fashion runway productions in Dallas, The Celebrity Fashion Experience.
Although FHM keeps her busy, Karen Michelle finds time to indulge in being a swimwear designer, motivational speaker, wife, and mother
Sock It To Satan Night
Sock it to Satan is one of the best Christian experience events that one could attend. With music from the hottest Christian/Gospel artists to events for the entire family and vendors, families truly enjoyed the experience. This is the 8th Sock it to Satan of SITS and it has become a family tradition for many families in the southern most cities of Dallas, TX. This year the event, held on Oct. 24, 2015 at DeSoto East Middle School, was met by a little challenge called a thunderstorm, but people still came out to enjoy the free event.
Feleceia Benton, organizer, is always been known as the woman who can make it happen. If there is a vision or an expectation, she is not only going to meet it, she’s going to exceed it. Feleceia spent years as a freelance graphic designer while working full-time as the Director of Operations at Turning Point Christian Academy, a private school she helped to start alongside her family. During this time, Feleceia spearheaded a small group of individuals to create Sock it to Satan Night, an annual outdoor carnival and music festival featuring national and local Christian artists (including Jaimie Grace, Andrea Helms, The Katinas, B. Reith, Royal Tailor, Anthony Evans and many more) that brings in hundreds of music lovers from DFW and beyond.
Prior to spending over 5 years of post college life among tomorrow’s leaders, she pursued two bachelors degrees from Texas Christian University. In May of 2006, she walked across the stage twice, receiving a BFA in Music Theater and a BS in Advertising/Public Relations.
In 2011 with no loan, no investors and a then 2-year-old with Down Syndrome, she started the Zoe Communications Agency, a brand management company that oversees the marketing efforts for small to medium sized businesses, non-profits, speakers and civic organizations.
Feleceia has since identified another problem to which she has discovered a solution-the lack of voice of the positive, intelligent, value-driven women woman in both mainstream and religious media.
Elisia is the name of her little girl, Zoe, and means ‘Devoted to God’ in Greek. It is therefore the purpose of Elisia Magazine to give voice to the far from cliché balanced woman of today, and to spread the resounding opinions, advice and stories of women who value life and truth. Feleceia is also a co-host of LifeChat Radio and founder of the LifeChat Live events that take place throughout Dallas-Fort Worth.
Feleceia has just completed a summer internship for the office of Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, and has recently been accepted into the Masters in Public Leadership Program at UNT-Dallas.
The Ultimate Girlfriend’s Experience
For the past six years Monica D. Ware has hosted the Ultimate Girlfriend’s Experience to bring women from all over the country together for one common goal. To bond. This year’s Ultimate Girlfriend Experience 2015 was hosted at the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek, Orlando, FL, Sept. 11-12, 2015. The theme for this year’s conference was Inspire, Influence and Impact. These three words helped attendees to be inspired, walk in their influence and impact lives! ou
Monica Ware is a publisher, youth mentor, writer, empowerment and inspirational speaker, certified life coach, wife, mother and she lives and loves life to the fullest! Monica established Be You! Girl Magazine as a platform for girls to express their gifts, talents, concerns, ideas and creativity. Being creative herself, Monica wanted girls to know without a shadow of doubt that they can do anything when they put their minds to it!
Monica’s love of writing led her to discover her gift of poetry and penning inspirational messages. Her talents and gifts opened the door to create a newsletter for women titled EVE: Empowering Virtue & Excellence. EVE was inspired from Monica’s truthfulness to be honest about her life and the struggles she overcame. Monica likes to say, “I’m not ashamed of anything and I praise God for everything!” The ministry of EVE spanned the globe, encouraging faithful readers in the United States, Europe, and Japan.
As a Big Brothers-Big Sisters volunteer and youth leader for over 20 years, Monica has served faithfully with children from the nursery to teen ministry. “My passion is working with the youth. I want to encourage them to make good choices in life and not go through the same mistakes I’ve made!” Her passion of working with teenagers and encouraging them to make the right decisions is birthed out of personal experience. Monica overcame sexual abuse and attempted rapes in both high school and college. “I’ve experienced a lot in my life, but my experiences don’t determine my future! My choices in life determine my future!”
Monica hosts an annual women’s conference, “The Ultimate Girlfriend Experience,” where women from all over the United States join her and her girlfriend speakers for a life changing, empowerment weekend in Orlando, Florida. This event started as a way for her military girlfriends to connect once a year and it has turned into a supportive movement for friendships.
Originally from Lake Wales, Florida, Monica has lived abroad in Europe and Asia as a proud military wife. She now resides in Tennessee with her husband Nathaniel and three sons.
Hardcore Beauty Presents Health and Wellness Expo
Hardcore Beauty Radio held its second annual Health and Wellness Expo on Nov. 21, 2015 at I.T. Fitness in Grand Prairie, TX. The free expo consisted of vendors who gave free blood, cholesterol and other important screenings to attendees. There were also demonstrations and classes for attendees to enjoy.
Bridgette Bracey- Pridgen, wife, mother of two is a radio Personality, blogger, community activist and soon-to-be certified business coach. Bridgette is the founder of Bridgette Bracey-Pridgen &Co. (BBP&Co.) with subsidiary companies, Hardcore Beauty Radio and Eccentric Beauty, which is a natural bath and body line.
BBP& Co. is a boutique consulting and management firm that offers education, resources, and empowerment to today’s community leaders and entrepreneurs. Bridgette holds a B.S. in Psychology and Recreation as well as several certifications. This has aided her in being an asset to business professionals. A journey of 10 years as an entrepreneur has taught her to respect the process of growth and change. This is a model that she lives by and teaches her clients.
Bridgette created the Hardcore Beauty Radio Show and Eccentric Beauty product line as another way to give back to the community. HCB is a platform for area professionals to have a voice to be heard and get the exposure they need! While EB is another way to help bring awareness to what people are putting on and into their bodies. The BBP&Co. and subsidiaries are here to promote and support the everyday Celebrities! The Men and Women in our communities who represent the true C.E.L.E.B Life, which stands for Community, Education, Legacy, Empowerment, and Business.
Bridgette, a game changer in her industry, always looking to help change the lives of entrepreneurs and leaders around the world.
The Fashion Era
The Era Fashion Experience Fashion Show was presented by Whitney R. Davis Planning on October 18, 2015 at the Lofty Spaces in downtown Dallas. This event was definitely an experience and hosted several fashion designers. There were performances and great clothing by each designer.
Whitney Davis is a daughter, sister, wife to Darren and mother to Demi. She has been a model for more than 14 years and a serial entrepreneur owning The Round Up Camps and Whitney Davis Planning.
Her vast career in modeling has afforded her the opportunity to be included in print to runway as well as movie extras and infomercials. Davis now helps aspiring models build their foundation in the industry via her Round Up Camps. With the Whitney Davis Planning she … plans events such as birthday parties, weddings and fashion shows throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth areas.
Tha AfterParty presents the 2015 Party Awards
In honor and recognition of Tha Afterparty Radio’s prestigious 5-year anniversary, Montanna Mitchem was thrilled to announce the First Annual Party Awards to celebrate the station’s milestone and successes! Tha AfterParty honored its very own shows and hosts that have helped to make Tha Afterparty Radio the premier platform that it has become. They also celebrated the business people and community members who have helped to overall create and promote a better community.
Stay tuned because next year will celebrate the 6th year of operations and it’s going to be a sweet 16 celebration.