Dallas’ BEST “FASHION’S NIGHT OUT 2011” Party: The LOVE is B.L.I.N.D. Fundraiser at Gregory’s Shoes with Special Guest DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown aka Erykah Badu #fnodallas
GREGORY’S + ERYKAH = SOCIAL GOOD
THE PLACE to be for Fashion’s Night Out Parties definitely turned out to be Gregory’s at Northpark Center.
The only thing that could top hanging out in the uber chic Gregory’s surrounded by shoes and clothes that are so fabulous they can make you salivate is to add the perfect blend of bonus ingredients: Community, Social Good, Photo Booths, Hor d’oeuvres, Hennessy & Moet topped off with a smooth and groovy layer of music by opening DJ A1 and DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown aka Erykah Badu.
SOCIAL GOOD is LOVE
Gregory’s kindly hosted and generously committed to donate 20% of all revenue generated during the event to Badu’s non-profit B.L.I.N.D. ~ including the sales at their Houston location participating simultaneously via live feed through the magic of the interwebs.
As a unique and exclusive bonus, Gregory’s not only commissioned renowned artist RAGHAVA KK to design 3 shirts, they also committed to donate 100% of the proceeds from all the T-Shirts sales during the party as well. A nice tangible spin to the typical fund raiser.
LOVE is B.L.I.N.D.
B.L.I.N.D., a brainchild of Erykah Badu’s, stands for Beautiful Love Incorporated Non-profit Development ~ a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to bringing the culture out of the people to put back into the people; identifying emerging community leaders and supporting their leadership development. B.L.I.N.D. provides community driven development for inner-city youth through music, dance, theatre and visual arts.
There was a cool buzz amongst the party guests as they read that their donations would help launch the B.L.I.N.D. DJ Camp planned for the 2011-2012 School Year. This B.L.I.N.D. program will provide education and access to the dynamic art form of DJing and music producing. The week long after school program will include specialized workshops in mixing, scratching, digital DJ Programs, music production and more. The camp will be offerred free of charge to youth through the support of B.L.I.N.D. and the kindness of corporate sponsorship funds.
The curriculum will be curated by Erykah Badu aka DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown and will feature instruction from a team of award-winning producers and DJs from around the country. B.L.I.N.D. will create a safe, educational and creative environment for children to expand their minds through music and art.
There were PLENTY of papparrazzi with fancy cameras taking pics of all the papparazzi worthy happenings + peeps at the party and I will have access to those soon ~ but for now, here are few of the ZANESTYLE PICS (aka iPhone all over the place!) that you are so familiar with
As an intro to these pics - just know this ~ The PARTY WAS AHHHHHMAZING. DJ A1, one of Dallas’ most talented DJs and producers opened the party and set the mood for DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown aka Erykad Badu’s magnetic set. Celebrity host, Fonzworth Bentley, now one of my new favorite people, was so smooth ~ balancing crown engagement, information, pic posing while still managing to upload pics & tweets. Gregory’s staff is sharp, diverse and well versed in fashion just like the rest of the clientele and party guests… **Take a look at Pat Smith in the first pic of the gallery below. She’s wearing a Gregory’s top that I wish was in my closet.
I was happy to meet Gregory’s owners Leslie and Larry Matney for the first time. She’s vibrant and welcoming (gives great hugs!) while he’s magnetic and always tells the perfect story at the perfect time. I found great joy in watching how much attention and love they give out and how they receive it back tenfold. Be sure to view my “Gregory’s Wish List Gallery” at the bottom of this post so you can see just how awesome their STUFF was (and let me know if you need my address….LOL)
ZANE’S GREGORY’S WISH LIST
I have never been in one place where so many items felt like they had been designed especially for me. Some of the boots were soooo hot that they had me thinking up a new term: “Will fork for Shoes…” Tell me if you like any of the ones I put in my wish list…you can see more fabulousness on their website: http://www.gregorysshoes.com/
I’ve included twitter links below if you would like to plug into any of the awesome.
I’ll see YOU at the next GOOD thing.
LOVE You. Mean it!
Erykah Badu @fatbellybella
Fonzworth Bentley @cooloutrageous
DJ A1 @dja1
Gregory’s Shoes @GregoryShoes
…and you know you can always find me busy being fabulous as @zaneology serving SOCIAL MOJO fresh daily. <3