Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Brighter Days made for a Stellar Night

10,000 thank yous to everyone who came out to support "Brighter Days", the official launch party for the Rashawn Brazell Memorial Scholarship Fund. In addition to generating over two thousand dollars through on-site and online donations, the event allowed us to celebrate life in the way Rashawn was known to: dancing the night away at Luke & Leroy!




A special thanks to L&L owner/operator Dino, who was kind enough to pay us a visit and wish us well in our fundraising.





The RBMS banner. Standing at 78" tall and designed by yours truly, this banner greeted everyone who attended Sunday's event. It heralds the RMBS motto "Fostering diversity, creating change", and will surely be seen again.





It wouldn't be a "7" Sunday without these recognizable L&L icons: host Nathan "7" Scott and buffed, bronzed and braided bartender Chris.



Host Larry D. Lyons II sweats through his second outfit of the evening. But take note: these outfit changes do more than evince his divadom or animated dancefloor antics: they pay tribute to Rashawn.

Handcrafted by designer Alicia Piller, this is a tee with a message. She painstakenly created the design by replicating the words "Remembering Rashawn" hundreds of times in our trademark brown and pink colours. See more of her work here.


Some folks were too timid to ascend the flight of stairs to the dancefloor, where Amerie's "One Thing" quickly became the evening's anthem. We let them be.




Host Steven G. Fullwood models the limited edition RBMS tee, Kenyon Farrow -not to be outdone- models his highly coveted manpurse.



Thanks to the masterful photo imaging of Ocean Morriset, attendees were able to see the face of the handsome young man we'd gathered to pay tribute to.

Taking a break from dancing, blogger ShawnQt reads up on the scholarship fund.


DJ Shuji spins house and classics like a madman. A special thanks to Shuji for donating his services to our cause, and for accodating our requests to spin that hot Vivian Green joint not once but twice!

Most memorable moments:

1. When a certain host marched up the stairs with a limbo stick in hand. This was a scandal waiting to happen. (Needless to say, I was the first to oblige.)

2. When Rashawn's parents and sisters stormed the dancefloor and "got low", giving the bloggers a run for their money.

Feel free to add your own memorable moments!

12 Comments:

Blogger NATHAN "SEVEN" SCOTT said...

oh my gosh! i'm being accused of bringing a limbo stick to the dance floor. oh i couldn't help it. the music was right. the energy was there. the night was definitely one that i won't soon forget. glad to be a part of history. thanks for having me host larry. much success with the scholarship!

1:41 PM  
Blogger Jazz said...

I'VE BEEN AWAY FOR SOME TIME BUT TO SEE ALL THAT YOU HAVE DONE IS AMAZING. I'M SURE HE'S LOOKING DOWN WITH A SMILE. IT'S BEAUTIFUL WHEN YOU KNOW YOU ARE/WERE LOVED. YOU ARE AWESOME.

1:56 PM  
Blogger P. Alonzo Harris Jr. said...

let me first give all of those folks involved in the execution of this event a great big thank-you...i had a wonderful time although i was a bit "timid" and sat at the bar for most of the night...lol...but i was in good company...a very attractive bartendar indeed...lets hope he calls...(wink)...(lol)

after i recover from the "shock and awe" of buying books for the semester i will write a $500 check to the foundation...

4:37 PM  
Blogger taylorSiluw├ę ..... said...

I had a great time. Sorry I didn't get a chance to talk to you more ... but being the social butterfly is not my forte.

I'm much better at getting drunk and spinning awkardly around the dance floor. Can't wait for the next event.

12:38 PM  
Anonymous Mama JunkYard said...

It is amazing to see how much your good work has grown.

A big thank you to you and all the bloggers who have been active.

1:33 PM  
Blogger Stone said...

It was just nice to see people coming together to dance with a purpose

4:42 PM  
Blogger ShawnQt said...

DANCING WITH A PURPOSE, THAT'S WHAT'S UP!

ALWAYS A PLEASURE TO BE IN THE COMPANY OF INTELLIGENT, CREATIVE, FUN LOVING, AND SEXY INDIVIDUALS! COMPANY INCLUDED!

RASHAWN WOULD BE PROUD!

6:18 PM  
Blogger Clay said...

i wish i couldve made it, but i wasnt recovered from wisdom teeth removal as soon as i thought it would - glad to hear it well!

6:20 PM  
Blogger Liza Valentino said...

I'm am so proud of you for being so actively involved. Believe that if I was in the area, I would have been there dancing the night away! I'm glad people came out to support. The poster is lovely, full of hope - I love it.

12:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hats off to your selfless work. you should be commended!

*kelz

6:01 PM  
Blogger The Marlo Girl said...

sounds like a great time for a great cause. kudos to you all... and like liza valentino said, if i was in the area, i'da been shaking my think on the floor like nobody's business.

1:09 AM  
Blogger Larry D. Lyons II said...

nathan: as long as you know who's really ride-or-die on the dancefloor, it's all good. i'm holding down the title!

jazz: hey sis! long time no see! i've been keeping out of trouble while you were away - see? :)

p.a.harris: such generosity is its own reward. we look forward to your contribution!

taylor: s'all good. something tells me that you and i will have plenty of time to exchange thoughts in the near future. i look forward to it.

mama: hey sis! long time, no see. good to have you back on the block.

stone: always a pleasure to meet you on the dancefloor. luckily for you, i was on my best behavior. next time, be advised to watch your back!

shawn: three cheers to that! i couldn't agree more.

cane: pobrecito. there's another event coming up, and i hope to see you there in all your handsomeness!

Liza, Kelz & Marlo: thanks sis! don't fret... yall can still send in your donations. anywhere from $5-$10,000, remember? check out RashawnBrazell.com for details

10:06 AM  

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