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Updated: Aug 3, 2022

(ATLANTA, GA) The Vision Community Foundation held its Annual Black Tie Gala at The Whitley Luxury Collection Hotel Buckhead on Friday, July 22. The gala, themed, “Avant Garde Couture” will be hosted by Bishop O.C. Allen lll, Jack Mizrahi and Rashad Burgess. Special Guest Co-Host, Bevy Smith showed up and showed out!

Real Housewives of Atlanta star, Marlo Hampton hosted the VIP reception. R&B diva Keke Wyatt and Avery Wilson delivered heartfelt, soul-stirring performances. The exclusive gala honored an elite group of individuals and organizations that have made outstanding achievements in the arts, media, ministry, community service, and government arenas throughout their lifetime.

Check out this amazing RECAP from ID104 Radio. Dominique Perry, ID104 Radio Correspondent, truly enjoyed his time covering this event!

Hosted by Bishop O.C. Allen lll, Jack Mizrahi and Rashad Burgess, this year’s honorees included award-winning author and writer George M. Johnson, editor-in-chief and founder of Fashion Bomb Daily, Claire Sulmers; vice president of BMI, Catherine Brewton; media maker Darnell Moore, founder of The Quintessential Gentleman, Eric K. Thomas; Dr. Carl Highshaw, and Minister Ashton Reynolds.

“We take pride in honoring those who are trailblazing an inclusive path for all. Given the year we’ve all experienced, it is time to spread the message of love,” shares Vision Community Foundation executive director, Bishop Oliver Clyde Allen, III.

The Vision Community Foundation is a 501(C)(3) created to impact and transform the LGBTQI++ community by educating, creating awareness, and implementing STI/STD prevention methods using all forms of millennial media and marketing tools. The mission of the foundation is to empower people mentally, emotionally, educationally, socially and economically.

Previous gala honorees include Ryan Jamaal Swain, Gary with da Tea, Antonio Driver, Kirk Myers, Jennifer Holiday, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Tisha Campbell, Terri J. Vaughn, TC Carson, Miss Sophia, Anthony Williams, Trina and Evelyn Braxton, Chrisette Michele, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Cynthia Bailey, Meelah Williams, Syleena Johnson, Angie Stone, Keke Wyatt, Rickey Smiley, Kimberly Chapman, Andre King and more.

The Vision Community Foundation’s Black-Tie Gala is part of the national iElevate Conference. For more information on Bishop Oliver Clyde Allen III and The Vision Community Foundation visit: and

INSTAGRAM: @BishopOCAllen AND @CR8Agency

About The Vision Community Foundation

The Vision Community Foundation, A 501 (C)3 non-profit organization, is dedicated to empowering marginalized communities to live healthy and productive lives. Our vision is to impact and transform our community through outreach, awareness, and prevention. We currently offer programs and services to under-served families and individuals in the Atlanta area. We facilitate the prevention from the pulpit initiative, an HIV-public health capacity building training for faith leaders; Trans-Vision, a transgender leadership initiative; Pure Heat Community Festival during Atlanta Black Gay Pride; our Lesbian Health initiative and the z Conference in conjunction with the united Progressive Pentecostal Church Fellowship.

Each year we have access to thousands of sexual and gender minority individuals through our current initiatives and programs. By providing community empowerment, we have manifested faith leaders, public health practitioners, doctors, nurses, certified counselors, trainers, and social workers, all of whom are committed to serving those most in need and without access to resources to care.

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