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Star-Studded L.A. Focus’ 18th First Ladies High Tea was a ‘Grand Affair’
By Amanda Scurlock
Published October 7, 2015
(l-r) Gospel Legend Dr. Bobby Jones, Actress/Singer/Activist Sheryl Lee Ralph, LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Bravo’s Blood Sweat & Heals Daisy Lewellyn, LA Focus’s First Ladies High Tea Founder Lisa Collins, OXGN’s Preachers of LA Bishop Ron Gibson. (Photos by: C-Level Media Group)

(l-r) Gospel Legend Dr. Bobby Jones, Actress/Singer/Activist Sheryl Lee Ralph, LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Bravo’s Blood Sweat & Heals Daisy Lewellyn, LA Focus’s First Ladies High Tea Founder Lisa Collins, OXGN’s Preachers of LA Bishop Ron Gibson. (Photos by: C-Level Media Group)

The 18th L.A. Focus’ First Ladies High Tea held recently at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills was a grand affair. Over 1,000 attendees were blessed to witness a star-studded event as the women wore their Sunday Best Hats to top it all off.

L.A. County Supervisor, Mark Ridley-Thomas received the Legacy Award.  Celebrities and tastemakers in attendance or on the program included: Sheryl Lee Ralph; Ray Donovan & Instant Mom, Oscar Nominee Shug Avery; The Color Purple and Being Mary Jane, Edwina Finley-Dickerson and Heather Hemmens; If Loving You Is Wrong, Gaius Charles; Grey Anatomy & Aquarius, Wren Brown; Founder of Ebony Repertory Theatre, Omarosa Manigault, The Apprentice, Alley Mills, The Bold and the Beautiful, and Preachers Of LA’s Myesha Chaney, Bishop Ron & LaVette Gibson, Rev Xavier L. Thompson; Pastor, Southern Baptist Church of Los Angeles & President, Baptist Ministers’ Conference of Los Angeles, Pastor Michael Fisher; Greater Zion Church Family to name a few. Great performances at the First Ladies High Tea were by Stellar Award winner & Grammy nominee Byron Cage and Dove Awards Nominee, Motown Gospel artist Courtney Wilson.

This year’s event was sponsored by, Wal-Mart. Metro, Toyota, Union Bank, and County Supervisor Office of Mark Ridley-Thomas and co-hosted by Gospel Legend Dr. Bobby Jones, BET’s Bobby Jones Gospel and Dr. Beverly “Bam” Crawford, pastor of Bible Enrichment Fellowship International Church.

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The event honored women and First Ladies who have served the communities well, through their activism and charitable contributions. The First Lady Honorees include: LaVette Gibson; Life Church Of God In Christ, Norma Fisher, Greater Zion Church Family, Rinnita Thompson, Southern Missionary Baptist Church Los Angeles and Kera Tulloss, Weller Street Missionary Baptist Church.

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