Dozens gathered in their finest attire at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights Saturday evening to honor and celebrate several of Atlanta’s biggest LGBTQ nightlife influencers. The event, sponsored by The Gentlemen’s Foundation, raised money to benefit the TGF Gentlemen a Scholar scholarship program.Perry Meeks of BET’s “Ink, Paper, Scissors” was the evening’s emcee.
Co-founders of the Gentlemen’s Foundation, Juan Smalls and Gee Smalls, joined the stage together to honor several of Atlanta’s biggest influencers with an award of appreciation for their work in the LGBT community. “As a valued member of Atlanta’s LGBTQ community of color, the contributions you make to the enrichment of our cultural and social experiences are exemplary,” said Smalls as he honored David Murray of FinestATL Entertainment. Atlanta’s own famed new artist Victor Jackson graced the stage with a performance closing out the night.
Honorees included: Jay Torrence of Big Boy Pride, Kechia Matadin of The Daiquiri Factory/Cirque, Romeo Michael of Fab5ATL, Melissa Scott of TraxxGirls/Soul Bar at Pal’s Lounge, CJ Jones of Blue Diamond Entertainment/Soul Bar at Pal’s Lounge, Mario Young of MyATL Parties & Events, DJ Rick (Lazorbric Alston) of 360Nxentertainment, Julius James of Rockstar Productions, Warren Huntley of Warren Huntley Presents, AC of Alter Ego Entertainment, Mario Harris of WassupNATL, Jarvis McClain of WhosWhoATL, Brian Hinton of BH Productions, Terry Herron of Level V Atlanta Event Space, Brandon Jones of Elite Social Club, David Murray of FinestATL Entertainment, Dereck Wallace of Winc Events, Gregory Allen of Xtreme Entertainment, John Moore of Xtreme Entertainment, Angel X of Angel X Events, Terrance Chatman & Nikita Jackson of SkateboyzATL and Steven Cangruuv, David Servius & Teerica Thomas of Poison Ivy Ent.
The Goals of the ‘A Gentlemen and A Scholar’ Initiative are:
- To provide financial assistance to gay, bisexual, and transgender men of color for use in their higher educational pursuits
- TGF will award: Five (5) $1,000 scholarships and One (1) $5,000 scholarship
- To provide an outlet for sponsors, donors, and friends to support young gentlemen in achieving their college degrees.
- To reinforce the mission and vision of The Gentlemen’s Foundation.
Scholarships will be advertised to gay, bisexual, and transgender students of color who are residents of the Greater Atlanta area and who are currently enrolled in any 2 or 4 year institution. Application period is May 1, 2017 – July 31, 2017. All awards will be presented during The Gentlemen’s Ball Weekend.
In order to meet the programs financial benchmarks, the foundation relies on individuals, businesses, teams, and other entities to help reach our goals.
The TGF Gentlemen ,a Scholar scholarship is to provide financial assistance to gay, bisexual, and transgender men of color for their pursuit in higher education. To learn more, you can visit the website here https://www.thegentlemensfoundation.org.
Written By Kira Demund