Dancing Stars Of Gwinnett was a hit. The event was so wonderfully planned. If there were any glitches we the audience didn't see it. It's been a minute since I had such a wonderful time. The evening started out with networking and delicious hors d’oeuvres catered by Proof Of The Pudding Catering. I must have eaten 12 of the spicy peppers stuffed with goat cheese. They were delicious to me. After of about an hour of that we moved inside the theater where the event kicked off. The songs and the dancing was so nice. I felt like I was live on an episode of Dancing With The Stars.
Many of the contestants had never danced before and wanted to participate with this event because of all the great work Ryan Cox and his team are doing at Gwinnett Chatt Outreach. Ryan Cox is the Founder of Gwinnett Chatt Outreach. He was born and raised in Chattanooga Tennessee, hence the “Chatt” in the name of the organization. He tries to hold on to his Tennessee roots here and there. In moving to Georgia years ago, and living in Gwinnett County for over 10 years; Ryan has grown a passion for Gwinnett County and its residents.
As a resident of the county, Ryan began to notice a social justice gap within the communities of Gwinnett. Ryan is not one to play the blame game, he took action by volunteering, continuing to vote, attending local government meetings, and launching Gwinnett Chatt Outreach. He is continuously looking for creative ways to make a difference in his community, and bridge the social injustice gap.
As the founder of Gwinnett Chatt Outreach, Ryan’s goal is to help Gwinnett communities be healthy, well cared for, informed, and thriving. Ryan partners with community leaders, businesses, and the community itself; to develop and conduct public service programs. Ryan’s shared passion for Gwinnett County and the well-being of all its residents, is an extension of who Ryan is at his core.
Some of the contestants that I recognized were Lawrenceville Councilman Austin Thompson, who was a judge, JT Wu, BT Parker, Councilwoman Marlene Taylor Crawford, Daphanie Forte, Catherine Hardrick and Dr. Tarece Johnson. Dr. Johnson actually came in first place in the competition, while Catherine came in second and Marlene came in third. In my opinion everyone who competed in the competition was a winner, because they danced from their heart to support the organization. Money from the event will go to purchasing a van, so that Ryan and his team will be able to take the young men and women on field trips. So, you see they are all winners.
Getting Ready For Next Year
I don't know if Ryan is planning on making this an annual event and I hope they do, but people are already planning on being contestants next year and I'm planning on being a sponsor for the event. This was really a nice event and I know next year will be bigger and better. Heck they may even have to move the event to Gas South. Whatever the case, I'm looking forward to it.
I try to make Saturday my day of rest. After being in the house most of the day, I decided that I needed to go out and get some air. I decided to go over to SlowPour Brewery located downtown Lawrenceville. I learned about SlowPour about two years ago when I interview the founder John Allen on the show. I'm not a beer drinker at all. The last time I even tasted beer, I was 18 years old and I never had beer after that. I shared this with John and he assured me that there was a craft beer out there with my name on it.
Now I can't say that I found one with my name on it at SlowPour, but I did find one that I actually enjoyed. I didn't think I would like it at all, but I did surprisingly. So now I know that the next time I go, there's a beer that I can actually drink and enjoy. I loved the atmosphere of SlowPour. I wanted to play cornholes, but someone was already playing that. Next time we will take our own games, food and buy the beer there.
One of the things I loved about SlowPour was the family atmosphere. My daughter was able to bring the baby who had a good time playing with the other kids that were there.
All in all I had a nice time and look forward to going again. It's always great to take some time and just relax and enjoy time with your family and friends.
By the way be sure to listen to the Good Morning Gwinnett Podcast Monday-Thursday live at 10am.
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