HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Feb.29, 2012 –Gospel Goes to Hollywood Awards Luncheon (GGTH) hosted by actress Wendy Raquel Robinson and comedian Jonathan Slocumb, who stepped in for Terry Crews, was hailed as a resounding success throughout Hollywood. The event, to raise awareness and funds in support of the fight against domestic violence, was held Friday, February 24, 2012 at the historical Taglyan Cultural Complex in Hollywood, CA.
Festivities began with a high-powered-red-carpet and pre-reception on the lavishly landscaped courtyard of Taglyan. Guests enjoyed delectable pass trays and Mimosa before entering the venue adorned by beautiful floral designs by
Tick-Tock Couture Floral. More than 240 guests, celebrities, industry legends and some of today’s hottest new talent poured in to witness the untold stories of faith by honorees, actress Loretta Devine, director Bill Duke and producer Curtis King and highly anticipated musical performances by CeCe Winans, Donnie McClurkin and Angella Christie.
Guests feasted on grilled salmon and filet mignon with roasted red, purple and baby Dutch yellow® potatoes, asparagus and carrots as the award ceremony got underway.
Recording artist J. Kingdom featuring members of The Voices of Destiny kicked off the show with an electrifying medley of his hit single “Favor” and his new single “Higher” followed by new recording artist Leon Timbo.
Grammy® award winning artist CeCe Winans performed a tribute to Whitney Houston and there wasn’t a dry eye in the building, however, spirits were again lifted when multi- award-winning saxophonist, Angella Christie, took the stage with a musical rendition of
“Total Praise” earning a standing ovation. The excitement continued with, Grammy® award-winning artist/pastor Donnie McClurkin who brought the crowd to the next level with “Stand!”
“This is a much-needed event and if you’ll have me, I’ll be here every year”, says Donnie McClurkin.
Some of the celebrities in attendance included Loretta Devine, Bill Duke, Cutis King, CeCe Winans, Donnie McClurkin, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Kimberly Elise, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Yvette Nicole Brown, Judge Mathis, Kenny Lattimore, Jimmy Jean Louis, Desiree Coleman Jackson, J.C Jones, Kym E. Whitley, Sherif Atkins and more.
Event sponsors included Taglyan Cultural Center, Coke and Tic-Tock Floral Couture Designs. Gift bag sponsors included Makes Scents of New York, DeLord Skincare, Miss Jessie’s, Pop! Gourmet Pop Corn, DIVA T-Shirt, Kreatiy Soy Candles, Oria’O Shay Body and Skincare, Nestle Candies, Curls Hair Care, Mane & Tail, LA Slimwrap, Pixel (Smurf) Moda Watches. Table donors included Rohadfox Construction Control Services Corporation, Shepherd of the Hills Church, and Zoe Christian Center.