(ATLANTA, GA) – JUNE 13, 2016 – The Vision Community Foundation will hold it’s fifth annual “Black Tie Gala” on Friday, June 24, 2016 in Atlanta, GA. The gala will be held at the newly renovated Atlanta Crowne Plaza Hotel. The annual celebration is designed to honor individuals and organizations that have made outstanding achievements in the arts, media, ministry, community service and government arenas.
This year the foundation is set to honor TV/radio personality Rickey Smiley(Reach Media’s “Rickey Smiley Morning Show”); supermodel Cynthia Bailey(Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta”); singer Meelah Williams (“702”, TV One’s “R&B Divas”) and actor Julian Walker (Bounce TV’s “Saints & Sinners”). All of this years honorees have shown outstanding achievements in the arts and entertainment genres and support of the LGBT community through their gifts and talents. A host of additional honorees will be announced at a later date including individuals within the LGBT community that are making extraordinary strides for LGBT civil rights. Previous honorees includeJennifer Holiday, Chrisette Michele, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Angie Stone, Keke Wyatt and more.
The 2016 gala will be hosted by Senior Pastor for The Vision Church of Atlanta and founder of the United Progressive Pentecostal Church (UPPC),Bishop Oliver Clyde Allen, III. Joining Bishop Allen will be his husband and LGBT community leader, Rashad Burgess. Both men can currently be seen on the GLAAD Award Nominated documentary by BET “Holler If Ya’ Hear Me: Black & Gay In The Church.”
The 2016 “Black Tie Gala” is set to be the best gala yet; as it marks 5 years of the historic event. For tickets and more information visit: blacktiegala.org.