Community shows love for Valentine gala

Published 11:45 am Monday, February 26, 2024

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By Mona Sumblin

The second annual Red & Black Valentine Gala, hosted by Theresa Hatch’s H&H Catering, was held at Camp Community College’s Regional Workforce Development Center on Saturday, Feb. 10. 

Filled to capacity with numerous guests, the event featured attendees dressed in red and black attire. Not only were the attendees treated to a delectable gourmet meal, they enjoyed magnificent southern soul blues, R&B and oldies but goodies musical entertainment that was provided by the live band Culture Jazz Combo, of Franklin. 

There were raffle giveaways, a fashion show, 360 entertainment, DJ Scooby Doo and popular line dancing. 

Comedian Cletus Kassady, of Portsmouth, evoked much laughter from the audience. Kassady is also an actor on the BET+ network’s new show “CHURCHY.” 

Elder Dora Lee served as the mistress of ceremony for the evening.

The gourmet meal consisted of smoked brisket, salmon and shrimp, fried cabbage, yellow rice, baked potatoes, sweet potatoes, macaroni and cheese, garden salad, bread, sweet iced tea, lemonade and water and desserts.

The fashion show, featuring casual and evening attire, was MC’d by Sheena Graham, and models included Arshanika Davis, Charles Hatch, Theresa Hatch, Ebony Hicks, Lania Hunt, Rosa Lawrence and Miranda Newsome. 

Additionally, numerous vendors showcased their products and services. Vendors in attendance were MTQ Digital Designs LLC, a digital design company owned by Chaquita Kindred, who was also responsible for the digital marketing and social media promotion of the event; Lyonkng Private Security Agency LLC; Balloons by Jerod King; Erika High from Paparazzi Jewelry; Coach Al and Photography/360 Photo Booth LLC; Amazon Author Jamal Smith; Brown’s Paintings & Jewelry; Joan Harris of Scrub Fashion; and Marquita Brown and Apostle Audrey Mitchell with a variety of boutique items. 

In addition to catering the event, Theresa Hatch and the H&H staff of Ramon Anderson, Lestine Barnes, Rosa Evans, Rosa Lawrence and Debra Slide prepared the elaborate red, black and white decorations.

Hatch stated that she conceived the idea to host this event last year “to give people an opportunity to come together and get to know one another. We have not connected within our community since the COVID epidemic, and I wanted to bring the tradition back.” 

The overflow of participants this year is evidence that this type of affair is something that community members truly enjoy. Hatch expressed that she plans to continue to host this event annually. If you did not attend this year, you missed a treat.