The Assemblyman doing a duet
Assemblyman Davis Hosts 2010 Holiday Celebration and Toy Drive
Assemblyman Mike Davis hosted the 2010 Holiday Celebration & Toy Drive at the magnificent Natural History Museum, African Mammal Hall in Exposition Park. As guests entered the Grand Foyer to deliver their carefully handpicked toys they were greeted by, the Assemblyman and the Little Dickens Carolers dressed in fabulous Dickens styled costumes.
“Each year we look forward to setting the holiday mood to help brighten the day for children in our city by collecting toys to distribute to those in need,” remarked Assemblyman Mike Davis. “I am grateful for the support and performances given by our celebrity friends who made this an enjoyable and unforgettable event,” he added.
The Hall was dressed in holiday red and was the perfect setting for this year-end celebration brimming holiday food treats, entertainment and opportunities for networking. Master of Ceremony, Assemblyman Davis presented an exciting show of local and national artists. Musical Director, Richard Turner provided accompaniment on a white baby grand piano. Three 2010 Talent Showcase contestants, Roman Collins, William Hardy and Phillip Lauth, captivated the audience with their favorite carols. On soprano sax, Mark “Panther” Felton played a riveting version of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.” Songstress Jessica Smith created magic as she sang “Silent Night” and “I’ll be Home For Christmas.” Special guest Shanice shared her special vocal gifts with touching performances of “O Holy Night” and “What About the Children.” Elaine Gibbs enlisted Assemblyman Davis to help her wish everyone a “White Christmas.” And to end the night on a special high note, Desiree Coleman-Jackson brought the crowd to their feet as she extolled the true reason for the season with a rousing performance of “To God Be The Glory.” The 48th District 2010 Woman of the Year, ninety-seven year old O.V. Smith, was so moved by the spirit-filled offering that she went on stage with Desiree to express her gratitude and praise. Coleman-Jackson sent the crowd home with hearts glowing with a final number, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”
Assemblyman Mike Davis makes sure every year that hundreds of children in the 48th District will have a joyous holiday due to the generous gifts from residents and corporate friends.