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Motown Family Celebrates at 11th Annual Friends of Fuller B. Gordy Strikefest!
By Sentinel News Service
Published November 22, 2018

Karla Gordy Bristol, Berry Gordy, Iris Gordy (photo credit: Bob Delgadillo)

Akili Nickson (Switch), Eddie Fluellen (Switch), Berry Gordy, Phillip Ingram (Switch), Nasreen El Shabazz (2018 LMAA), Iris Gordy, Greg Williams (Switch), Karla Gordy Bristol, Lisa Ruffin (Honoree), Stephanie Spruill (photo credit: Eric Epperson)

Victor Orlando and Mary Wilson (photo credit: Bob Delgadillo)

Motown’s Gordy family does it again, combining a stage concert and bowling competition at the 11th Annual Friends of Fuller B. Gordy Strikefest! Hailed as an entertainment extravaganza, this unique, fun-filled evening also featured Motown alumni, dinner, silent auction, lively karaoke, a “Zen” room and more. Held on, November 7th, in Los Angeles, California at Corbin Bowl.

The much anticipated, family oriented event, had guests singing classic Motown songs and delighting in the myriad activities. This red carpet evening recognized the bowling, mentoring and humanitarian legacy of Fuller B. Gordy, a former Motown VP and older brother of Berry Gordy. Fuller was the first black bowler, from Michigan, to be inducted into the Professional Bowlers Association.

David Kershenbaum and Lauren Taines (photo credit: Bob Delgadillo)

Guests included, Hon. Nate Holden, Hon. Diane Watson, Mary Wilson, Freda Payne, Robin Terry, Marla Gibbs, Jim Pickens, Jr., Angela Gibbs, Mickey Stevenson, Andre Cymone, Scherrie Payne, Erica Campbell, David Kershenbaum, Marvin Gaye III, Beverly Todd, Ernest Harden, Jr., Kathleen Bradley, Judy Pace, Ronee Martin, Alia Rose, Motown founder, Berry Gordy and several Gordy family members. Supporters included, Warner/Chappell Music, Gordy Foundation, Martin Cadillac, Sprinkles, KIND, Buzzbox, and Bare.

Morgan Ashley and Karla Gordy Bristol (photo credit: Eric Epperson)

Founded and produced by Fuller’s daughter, Iris Gordy, a Motown Museum Trustee and former Motown VP, and his granddaughter, Karla Gordy Bristol, TV talk show host of “Beverly Hills View” and social media show, “Karla Dawn LIVE”, they stated, “Strikefest is like nothing you’ve ever experienced!” Performing on stage to a rousing audience was popular Motown group, SWITCH, the exciting STEPHANIE SPRUILL and 10 year old, LMAA Scholarship Pageant winner, NASREEN EL SHABAZZ.

Lisa Miller, daughter of Motown songwriter Ron Miller said it was, “An extraordinary event and magical evening…I had the BEST time!”


The organization is dedicated to honoring outstanding, yet unsung individuals and 501c3 organizations, which educate, inspire and uplift. This year’s honoree was Little Miss African American Scholarship Pageant, founded by Ms. Lisa Ruffin, for empowering young ladies between the ages of six through twelve with a CAP: Confidence, Awareness and Pride.

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