The Academy Awards affectionally known as The Oscars, is the premiere event honoring the best actors and film-makers from around the world. Pre-shows for the Oscars and after parties has become a way for industry veterans and up-and-comers to network and come together.
The only pre-show honoring the contributions of Christian pioneers and entertainers is Gospel Goes to Hollywood. Produced by red-carpet guru Tomika Holyfield. The second-annual event featured a lavish red-carpet that hosted dozens of media outlets and entertainers. PATH was there to bring you exclusive coverage.
After the red-carpet, everyone gathered inside the beautiful Taglyan Complex for a wonderful program that included a splendid lunch. “It was important for me to take care of the little details as well as making sure that our event was done in excellence, said Tomeka Holyfield. “We are not only celebrating some of Hollywood’s top A-List actors and actresses, but we are also representing the Kingdom of God and what that means, as we all thank Him for giving us the opportunity and the platform to even be here.”
[Terry & Rebecca Crews with PATH publisher Kris Patrick]
Hosting this year’s 2nd Annual Gospel Goes to Hollywood Awards Luncheon (GGTH) was Actress Wendy Raquel Robinson and Comedian D. Ellis, who filled in for an Under the Weather Donnie McClurklin.
Some in attendance included actors Sheryl Lee Ralph, Terry & Rebecca Crews, Judge Mabalean, Marla Gibbs, Patience Patrick-Watt, T.C. Carson, Rockmond Dunbar. Music industry veterans Erica Campbell, Jimmy Jean Louis, Florence LeRue, Adrian Anderson, Ami Rushes, and Dawn Robinson (Formerly of En Vogue) were also in attendance. Producers Devon Franklin and Don B. Welsch were some of the industry vets people were networking with.
Honored this year for their extraordinary achievement and philanthropy was Devon Franklin, Terry & Rebecca Crews, Wendy Raquel Robinson and Marla Gibbs (Hit show 227) was awarded the Living Legend Award.
Performances were given by one half of the multi-award-winning recording artists/reality TV stars Mary Mary. Erica Campbell performed the groups hit song, Yesterday, a signature song she has been performing recently as a Solo artist. The spirited rendition brought the audience to their feet!
[Actors Patience Patrick-Watt & Wendy Raquel-Robinson]
Also performing was recording artist Ami Rushes and Christian pop artist J. Kingdom.
The star-studded event recognizes “Faith in Hollywood” by spotlighting professionals in TV and film that have overcome hurdles and persevered through faith. More importantly, the event will raise awareness and funds in support of the fight against domestic violence where a portion of the proceeds will go to assist battered women and their children, via the Helpppping Hands Foundation. A donation will be given to Haven Hills, Inc. for battered women.
Congratulations to Tomeka Holyfield and her incredible PR Team, Phyllis Caddell and Reid Johnson Rich for a job well done.