What inspired you to create the Classy Living Society?
My upbringing played quite a major role in the creation of Classy Living Society. At age nine, I received a brand new perspective of the world. Just as I was preparing my wish list of Christmas gifts for that year, my parents announced to my siblings and me that in lieu of receiving personal Christmas gifts, our family would adopt a less fortunate family in the community. That year, and each year after that, my family devoted an entire day during the holidays, driving our adopted family to various stores for gifts, food and other essentials. It became our mission to ensure that all of the family’s Christmas wishes and needs were met. These missions became a way of life for us overall, as we sought other ways to give back to the community. But through my experiences during the holidays, I learned the true meaning of Christmas, and ultimately that giving back to those less fortunate was not a hindrance, or drudgery, but a privilege. Out of this early lesson, my passion for community service and volunteerism began.
I left my native Los Angeles, California and moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1994. I brought with me the combination of a boundless spirit of creativity, originality, free-thinking and professional experience from my business background. I merged these qualities, in addition to skills derived from networking with various professionals, my passion for one-of-a-kind event planning and lifelong determination to proactively contribute to society and founded Classy Living Society in 2013.
What are some of the prominent events that CLS has been involved in?
CLS is well-known for hosting its own premier events. Planning of each event is undertaken with precise attention to detail and we pride ourselves on adding a “wow” factor, whether it be a public or member only event. Each event is special and unique; the brand of Classy Living Society is personified by each one. Some of our events include:
Tell us about the Red Dress Gala and what guests can expect this year?
Our 6th Annual Red Dress Gala was fabulous! This year’s Gala was held in Houston, Texas and we also launched our membership there! The theme of our Gala was Access Taken. We honored four dynamic CEOs from the Houston area - women who are pioneers in their fields, who have succeeded in the face of adversity and who have defied the odds and used past failures to propel them into amazing successes! We also honored Houston nonprofit organization Sock Out Poverty with the Classy Living Award.
The Gala is Classy Living Society’s annual fundraiser. It also serves to honor and applaud the extraordinary work of organizations we are passionate about; and to introduce CLS as a premier national women’s community service organization with a sincere and deep-rooted enthusiasm for philanthropic efforts. Celebrating the Cause is a mantra which is often expressed among those who are familiar with CLS and our relentless enthusiasm for inspiring, socializing, mobilizing and encouraging like-minded women on their quest to help change the world!
Plans are already underway for our over-the-top 7th Annual Red Dress Gala! It is always a day filled with with an upscale brunch, award presentations, lavish decor, special guests, entertainment, comedy, networking, mingling, sisterhood bonding and more! You don’t want to miss this shining opportunity to attend this much-anticipated event! Become a member - take a look at our customized membership levels and choose the one that’s right for you - or - inquire about how you can become an honorary member and receive social event perks throughout the year! Click on the link below for more information on how you can join us!
What is next for you in 2020?
We plan to continue to grow, grow, GROW! We are a national women’s community organization that is committed to expanding our membership throughout the country and abroad! CLS established its home base in Atlanta and since then has expanded its membership rolls to cities throughout Georgia and in California, North Carolina, Florida, Texas, The DMV area and Tennessee. We plan to join together with members in other cities to build a united front of foot soldiers who are doing great things in the community!
We will also continue to develop and expand our other great initiatives, including:
How can readers connect with you online?
Mailing Address: 5990 parkway north blvd., #15, Cumming, GA 30040
Websites: cls-volunteer.org, iwearshade.com, cls-reddress.org
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