Classy Living Society, in Partnership with
Legacy for Change and CLS Cares presents the

7th Annual

Red Dress Gala…

#IfIWereaGirl!

Classy Living Society, in Partnership with Legacy for Change and CLS Cares presents the

7th Annual Red Dress Gala…

#IfIWereaGirl!

Exciting preliminary plans are underway for Classy Living Society’s much-anticipated 2021 Red Dress Gala coming up in April in Atlanta, Georgia!

 

The Red Dress Gala is our annual fundraising event in which over 300 exceptional women meet for an afternoon of celebration, generosity and philanthropy. This year marks the seventh consecutive year of this event and it will be hosted by our 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Legacy for Change. Founded in 2018, Legacy for Change was established to benefit young girls, aged 9-14. (www.legacyforchange.org).

This year’s theme is “If I Were a Girl”…I would…prepare for success, inspire self esteem, engage in community service, promote kindness, educate on environment awareness and live life authentically. The 7th Annual Gala will focus on all things education for girls, i.e. eco-friendly education, mentoring and empowerment, and other programs that enrich the lives of young girls. We will honor and spotlight nonprofit organizations that provide such education and award scholarships to three girls from each of the organizations.

The day will be filled with an upscale brunch, award presentations, lavish decor, special guests and more! As usual, we plan to present amazing live entertainment – music, comedy and more! You do not want to miss what is sure to be a powerful, inspirational and transformative event!

2019 Red Dress Gala Highlights

Last year, a sea of 200 beautiful ladies in red dresses converged upon the Le Meridien Downtown Houston Hotel on Sunday, October 13, 2019 for Classy Living Society’s 6th Annual Red Dress Gala and CLS’s launch in Houston, Texas! What an affair!

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As an opener, Spoken Word by Kathleen provided a powerful message – “#WeLEADPhenomenally”, a spoken word video that is dedicated to empowering phenomenal women of color “who have accomplished with or without resources, overcoming stigma, breaking through glass ceilings, cultural disparities and at times overwhelmed, battling depression or anxiety.” The video was befitting in its content, as the theme of the 6th Annual Red Dress Gala was Access Taken

With the theme Access Taken, CLS honored and celebrated women who are pioneers in their fields, who have succeeded in the face of adversity and who have defied the odds and used past failures to propel them to amazing successes! The women saluted are bold, fierce, passionate, and strong… #WeLEADPhenomenally

The Gala was hosted by hilarious Atlanta Comedian Lady Q who introduced Singer/Songwriter Jessica Forrest, who sang a rousing rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” CLS Founder LaShanda Pitts warmly welcomed everyone and shared a letter from the Mayor of Houston, the Honorable Sylvester Turner which celebrated Classy Living Society and its Red Dress Gala, welcomed all attendees of the Gala, recognized those honored and expressed gratitude for the commitment of CLS and its impact on the Houston community and the community at large.

A Second Line Band surprised everyone as they marched through the crowd playing “When The Saints Go Marching In”. It was one of many times the ladies were on their feet dancing! Houston DJ Tay Powers was on the one’s and two’s providing music during the event, as well as performances by Houston R&B artists Prodigy and Jazz.

The honors and awards were many!

Crystal Danzey, a member of CLS’s Events Team received the Founder’s Award for her dedication and excellence as a valued member of the team.

Congratulations were also in order for the 2019 Volunteer of the Year, Sabrena Thomas, for her dedication to the organization and service to the community.

Four amazing Houston area women CEOs received Classy Living Society’s Access Taken award, which celebrates the Woman CEO who has literally taken her own access in the business arena. She is inspiring the future Women CEOs – the young girls and women who look up to her as a model of self-confidence, creativity and innovation.

The Access Taken Award recipients were:

Khaliah Guillory, Founder and CEO of the Nap Bar
Dr. Bridgette Jenkins, President and CEO of Houston Chapter of Black Nurses Rock
Kim Roxie, CEO and Founder of Lamik Beauty
Tyla-Simone Crayton, 16-year-old CEO of Sienna Sauce

Additional honors included the presentation of the Keep Going Award to three Houston area women who are shining their light in a big way! The Keep Going Award is designed to recognize and give accolades to those who represent excellence in their tireless efforts in giving back to the community and otherwise providing inspiration to succeed. Recipients of this award are chosen from those highlighted in the Chronicles Too! CLS believes in providing support to these individuals – to let them know we are behind them all the way and to encourage them to #keepgoing.

The Keep Going Award honorees were:

Dr. Glenda Demas, Pearls of Change, LLC
Carissa Stephens, She’s ChaRISSmatic.com
Bri Braggs, Fertile Alchemy

Last but not least, Classy Living Society’s coveted Classy Living Award was presented to Sock Out Poverty, a nonprofit organization which is the brainchild of 15-year-old Princess Jackson and her mother, Phyllis Burton at the helm! The mission of Sock Out Poverty, Inc. is to provide socks, clothing and other material goods to men, women, boys, and girls that are in need or less fortunate. Attendees of the 6th Annual Red Dress Gala donated pairs of socks that were given to Sock Out Poverty to further their efforts in the community.

It was a beautiful day of smiles and laughter, love, hugs, sisterhood bonding, magic, music, dancing, luxurious decor, great food and red dresses! Like-minded women networked and mingled and new friendships and alliances were forged. Thank you, Houston for your gracious hospitality and a Red Dress Gala that will never be forgotten!

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES ARE NOW AVAILABLE

Are you looking for opportunities to show off your business? Then why not take advantage of being a sponsor for CLASSY LIVING SOCIETY’S 7TH ANNUAL RED DRESS GALA.

Sponsorship packages are available now. Get your company in front of 300+ women with tremendous purchasing power for this amazing afternoon of networking and philanthropy. Associate your company name with this charitable fundraising event to bring your company positive name recognition. Take advantage of web, print, video and signage promotions at and leading up to Gala.

Please review the sponsorship packages and choose one which best fits your needs.

The Classy Living Society thanks you in advance for your support.

We love our supporters and sponsors!

You see us – we see you – we know that it is through the kind generosity and support of our sponsors that we are able to exceed the levels of philanthropy over and above what we would commonly achieve on our own.  We have organized over 400 volunteer efforts and worked with over 200+ community partners.  We were honored to receive the 2016 Volunteer Service Award from President Barack Obama for volunteering over 300,000+ hours in the communities that we serve.  We are proudly supporting communities in 12 U.S. states, in Nigeria, in Croatia and in Dubai and we reach over 200,000 subscribers through our many media platforms.

BECOME A 2020 SPONSOR TODAY!

Sponsor Payment Plans for the 7th Annual Red Dress Gala are available. All payments must be completed by August 1, 2020.

Classy Living Society

Founded in 2013, Classy Living Society (CLS) is a membership driven women’s organization committed to providing hands­-on volunteers in the community and serving as a community partner while hosting fundraisers for local charities and nonprofit organizations. Additionally, CLS is proud of our unique niche of specializing in fabulous, fun, and extraordinary events.

As the premiere social club and self-proclaimed “foot soldiers” for nonprofit and community-based organizations, CLS is committed to fostering positive sisterhood bonding environments for women to give back, mentor our youth, and care for those who might otherwise be overlooked and neglected. We provide a superior platform which allows women to connect with other like-minded local, professional women to build lifelong friendships and network with those who are movers and shakers and truly making a difference in their communities.

CLS promotes a vision to socialize, volunteer and inspire!

For more information about Classy Living Society please visit us online at www.cls-volunteer.org.

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The Red Dress Gala is an annual fundraising event hosted by Classy Living Society to benefit charities within the community. The Gala also serves to honor and applaud the extraordinary work of organizations we are passionate about; and to introduce CLS as a premier women’s volunteer organization with a sincere and deep­-rooted enthusiasm for philanthropic efforts. Celebrating the Cause is a mantra which is often expressed among those who are familiar with CLS and our relentless enthusiasm for inspiring, socializing, mobilizing and encouraging like­-minded women on their quest to help change the world!

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