L.A. Digest West Edition

L.A. DIGEST: Winans honored at First Ladies High Tea

BEVERLY HILLS — More than 1,000 attended Lisa Collins’ 20th annual First Ladies High Tea Nov. 11 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Gospel legend CeCe Winans was surprised when her niece Deborah Joy Winans delivered a touching introduction and presented her with the Spirit Award.

Also honored were Rep. Karen Bass, actress Wendy Raquel Robinson, Dr. Yutaka Niihara, inventor of breakthrough sickle cell treatment and first ladies Regina Taylor of Park Windsor Baptist Church; Morgen Wilbourne of Pacific Crossroads Church; Patricia Swancy of Peace Apostolic Church; and Cynthia Buelna of Restauracion Total Church.

CeCe Winans treated the audience with the song, “He’s Never Failed Me Yet” from her latest CD, “Let Them Fall in Love.”

The First Ladies High Tea was conceived in 1997 to celebrate the role pastors’ wives play in providing services to the community and shaping the lives of young girls and youth, Collins said. “So often the work that they do goes overlooked and we wanted to change that and provide a forum to recognize them for all that they do and all that they are to us.”

United Way holds

annual HomeWalk

LOS ANGELES — A team of employees from Los Angeles International Airport will participate in the United Way’s 11th annual HomeWalk, an event that raises funds and awareness with the ultimate goal of ending homelessness in Los Angeles County.

The airport team and other participants will gather Nov. 18 beginning at 7 a.m. at Grand Park, located near Los Angeles City Hall at 200 N. Grand Ave., in downtown Los Angeles.

The overall 5K family run/walk to end homelessness has a goal to raise $1.5 million to directly support its mission of ending homelessness in Los Angeles County.

More information on the walk can be found at unitedwayla.org/HomeWalk.


program planned

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — City Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson will flip the switch at 4 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Eighth Council District’s annual holiday tree lighting ceremony at the corner of Broadway and Century Boulevard.

Compton to hold

Thanksgiving dinner

COMPTON — Rapper and business mogul Master P and Compton native YG and his 4HundredWaze Foundation are teaming up again with Compton Mayor Aja Brown for the fourth annual Compton Thanksgiving Community Dinner.

Free and open to the public, the event will take place Nov. 22 from noon until 4 p.m. at the Douglas F. Dollarhide Community Center, 301 N. Tamarind Ave.

It will feature a traditional Thanksgiving dinner will all of the trimmings cooked by YG’s mother, Shonee Jackson’s catering company Nae Nae’s BBQ & More.

Music for the event will be provided by 93.5 KDAY.

Test preparation

workshop offered

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — Each One Teach One and the Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center will host an SAT prep workshop at Bethel AME Church, 7900 S. Western Ave., Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event will provide review and practice for all sections of the exam including reading, math and essay writing as well as additional tips to help students increase their score.

Information about college admission and financing will be available, too.

Information: (323) 756-7203, ext. 28.

Plaza hosts Wellness

and Health Expo

CRENSHAW — The Black Beautyshop Health Foundation will present its Beauty-n-Motion 2017 Women of Color Walk 4 Wellness and Health Expo Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, 3650 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

The affair will include, fitness cooking and dancing starting at noon. Classes will be provided by fitness trainer and talk show host, Dawn Strozier. Also look forward to Kinetic Studio LA BeautyShop talk with Sheryl Lee Ralph and a special guest starting at 1 p.m.

In addition, there are fitness classes, health screenings, massages and more. The Walk 4 Wellness is a 1-mile or 3-mile (at your own pace) course and its opened to all ages. The event is free to walk and attend and there are donation options where participants will receive T-shirts and gift bags.

Information: (310) 674-6700.

Compiled by Colin Washington.

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