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Actress Loretta Devine, Cookie Johnson, Cynthia McClain-Hill (LADWP) and Dr. Jerry Abraham (“Dr. Fauci of South L.A”) Among Honorees at 24th Annual First Ladies High Tea

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Lisa Collins, publisher of L.A. Focus and founder of the First Ladies High Tea announces the 24th L.A. Focus 24th Annual First Ladies High Tea on Saturday, May 7, 2022, @ 11 AM, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, 9876 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.

Emmy Award-Winning Actress Loretta Devine will receive the Legacy Award; Cookie Johnson, NY Times bestselling author, founder of CJ, a premium denim line, and wife to Earvin “Magic” Johnson will receive the Spirit Award in partnership with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF); renowned Dr. Jerry Abraham, a visionary leader in increasing vaccination rates for the most vulnerable will receive the CDPH Community Award; and LADWP Board President Cynthia McClain-Hill will receive the corporate award.

L.A. Focus First Ladies High Tea also proudly salutes its 2022 first ladies’ honorees: Karen Brown of Liberty Baptist Church & Judson Baptist Church; Adrienne Dixon of Center of Hope L.A.; Wendy Howlett, senior pastor of Blessed Family Covenant; and Teresa Pleasant of Christ Second Baptist Church; for their service to the community and the work they do in their respective churches.

This year’s co-hosts will be Actress Wendy Raquel Williams (The Game, Insecure, Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story) and Apostle Beverly “BAM” Crawford, Pastor, Bible Enrichment Fellowship International Church. The tea will feature performances Stellar Award-winning artist Kurt Carr and gospel great Kathy Taylor as well as an appearance by actor Richard Roundtree.  Other special guests include L.A. County Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell, State Senator Sydney Kamlager, and L.A. City Councilmember Curren Price.

“The First Ladies High Tea was conceived to celebrate the role women of faith play not only in the churches but their emerging roles in the community at large as well as to synergize the African American faith community around critical issues including glaring disparities in everything from health to economic empowerment and provide scholarships to at risk youth.

“This year we are proud to partner with the California Department of Public Health in promoting the importance and safety of youth vaccines, and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation on the impactful work they are doing, while also spotlighting the LADWP’s efforts at racial equity in powering L.A. residents toward a sustainable, clean energy futureunder the leadership of a Black woman.”

One of the afternoon’s highlights is the announcement of the winners of the L.A. Focus Annual Essay Contest. Open to girls 16-18, five winners will receive monetary awards to be used to further their education. This year’s essay theme was “Rising Above the Noise.”

The Afternoon Tea event will host 700+ plus attendees and will serve a traditional Afternoon Tea Menu. Sponsors include the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the County of Los Angeles, Union Bank, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Black Leadership Aids Crisis Coalition (BLACC), and the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power.


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