Last year, May 1-2, 2015, the Alphas of Atlanta, Inc. hosted their inaugural Kentucky Derby Themed Event, the #AlphaDerby. Through their efforts of providing a top-notch event, venue, and weekend, nearly 900 people are in attendance. More important than having an outstanding event and slate of events is the fact that the proceeds support multiple nonprofits based in multiple parts of the metropolitan Atlanta area, many of which work with young people in elementary, middle, and high school.
After enjoying and experiencing such a festive and spirited series, people may wonder what exactly are the Alphas of Atlanta, Inc. doing. And the answer is a resounding return of the series which is truly becoming a destination weekend with an expanded lineup of events and programming.
“We are sincerely excited about this year’s edition”, notes co-chair Robert Cunningham in our conversation on April 27, 2016.
“This year truly builds upon the work we are able to do in 2015”, adds Michael Jones, who serves as one of the co-chairs of the event.
The 2016 edition of the #AlphaDerby takes place on May 6-7, 2016. Part of what makes the weekend series even bigger and better is the fact that over 1500 people are expected to attend this year’s sold-out weekend series, including patrons from cities such as (but not limited to) Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Chicago, New York City, and even Italy. Yes, Italy.
The kickoff event on May 6, 2016 takes place at the official host hotel, the Intercontinental-Buckhead Hotel (3315 Peachtree Road, NE in Atlanta), starting promptly at 7:06pm. The upscale-casual attired event is more than just an opportunity to network with professionals and attendees from the aforementioned parts of the country along with the metro-Atlanta and interlocking areas. With a featured musical performance by Remote the Band (who is noted for performing with the likes of El DeBarge and Donnell Jones, as well as a featured artist at the Atlanta-based Kat’s Kafe’), along with A&R Sounds (who is a featured DJ for the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream), an outdoor area for the cigar aficionados (which includes an 8pm cigar etiquette session for novices and experts by the event’s official cigar vendors, Brotherhood Cigars), the weekend promises to get off to a great start for all.
The main event, which is a ticketed event only, takes place at the City Club of Buckhead (3343 Peachtree Road NE, #1850 in Atlanta) on May 7, 2016 from 3:30-8:30pm. Complete with 2-levels, the top-notch indoor/outdoor setting provides something for everyone in the most exclusive of settings. With a live band (the featured band is the JCru Music Group), multiple DJ’s (featuring V103’s DJ Cowboy and DJ EClazz, a regular featured DJ at area venues including Suite Food Lounge, the Gold Room, and M Bar), all attendees are primed for a festive environment and atmosphere. Added features include a select group of vendors, silent auction, and the best-hat contest, which surely should encourage the most innovative, creative, and high-brow attire and creative fashions to date. And of course, the featured running of the roses, which arguably is the most exciting two minutes in sports (the actual running of the Derby), is showing just in time for the 6:34pm moment when all look forward to hearing “and they’re off”.
Bigger than the weekend is the fact seven metro-area foundations are supported. All have a focus on working with students in grades K-12, families, and those pursuing higher or advanced education (i.e. a 4-year, 2-year, trade, or technical school), including scholarship opportunities (for a complete listing of the organizations supported, click HERE). Given the support from the business community, venue, host hotel, and even Delta Airlines, a growing awareness of the work of the organization is clearly evident. Combined with their upcoming appearances on the May 1, 2016 (from 12-12:30pm) edition of the CW-69 Atlanta’s television show Focus Atlanta, along with their May 2, 2016 radio appearance on the Too Much Truth With Derrick Boazman Show on 1380 AM, it provides an added means of engagement with the people and communities they are committed to serving.
A great destination weekend with high-quality programming provides a recipe for being a memorable and momentous one. When it is focused on supporting community-based organization and helping others be more ingrained, aware, and supportive of the larger community, it makes it even more meaningful; then again, in working with the “men of distinction” who happen to be members of the first and foremost fraternal organization established by and for African-American men (on the campus of Cornell University on December 4, 1906), their signature event is another example of their commitment and focus for the greater good.
On May 6-7, 2016, they’ll see you in the winner’s circle.