The Boutique Style Ambiance of the Artmore Hotel Was the Perfect Setting for the 2014 PLUS+ Annual Summit Themed “Presenting our Best Selves”. The Non-Profit Organization PLUS Positive (PLUS+) Successfully launched a Bulls Eye Event By Empowering the Plus Size Community and Focusing On Size Diversity In the Media.
Atlanta, GA August 19th, 2014 – There was a hussle and bussle, chitter and chatter, hugs and hellos, smiles and small talk as the 2014 PLUS+ Annual Summit kicked off its collection of small session workshops and events. Patrons from all over the country gathered at the Artmore Hotel in Midtown Atlanta to take part in the weekend activities. Launching the Summit was the Friday night “Treasure Trade Shop & Swap” which featured the “crème de la crème” of fine Atlanta vendors and offered an indulging shopping experience. Saturday morning the PLUS+ Annual Summit guests were greeted with a complimentary breakfast which led straight into the first workshops. Respectfully, the morning events catered to men and woman alike, touching on life-enhancing topics such as; eating organic food, snappy “how-to” make-up tips, soul-searching talks on being that renaissance man as well as entrepreneurial thought-provoking insights. All of the speakers and workshop leaders were genuine experts in their field, and not one session as able to end on time due to the intense Q&A which followed each assembly.
Coming back to the grand meeting room of the hotel around noon, the catering sponsor Mozen Organics provided an organically balanced dining experience for the Empowerment Luncheon. The delicious meal and the interlude by spoken word Duo “Purpose” set the tone for the distinguished panel to discuss; what it means to “Present Our Best Selves”. KeKe Simpson aka Mrs Chubb Rock alongside R&B singer Dave Tolliver, Fashion Designer & Head Sponsor Mrs La Krisha Baker, CEO of Lavender´s Jungle, and Miss Debbie Shannon, Lifetime Queen and Miss Plus America picked up on hot topics such as; how to respond to a situation instead of reacting to it, or what impact body language can have in our day to day interactions.
After retreating to their rooms for the afternoon, the Summit guests had a chance to refresh and glamorize themselves for the evening parquet at the Red Carpet Film & Fashion Gala. The program was hosted by comedian Star Wilson, who, with her nonchalant and capturing humor, quickly made the whole room feel comfortable and filled with air with laughter. The PLUS+ guests enjoyed the flow of evening the singing by the talent search winners Tyrha Cheris and BRE as well as the magnificent cast of the PLUS+ Sitcom. The selected cast of fine actors performed an amuse-bouche of lively comedy sketches featuring Mike Bend, Tisa Glover, Shantia Howard, Tee Stokes, Bertina Bailey, Kimmie Braxton and Chris Mason. The fashion presentations were smoothly integrated into the performances and the designers received raving reviews. Fabulous collections from Ashley Stewart, Curve Appeal, VDINX and DIVA by Tameka clothed the beautiful curvaceous models and performers. Interludes of spoken word by Norahs Khan and musical performances by Dave Tolliver and Eliah Soul rounded of the gala event with charm, cheers and elegance.
Singer Eliah Soul stated: “Being a part of this awesome event was so enriching to me as human first. Having the opportunity to share my passion of music with the participants of the PLUS+ Annual Summit was an added bonus. Everyone was so positive and engaging. The activities and the workshops were insightful and very helpful. I´m sincerely looking forward to being a part of future PLUS+ events.
The 2014 PLUS+ Annual Summit has set the foundation for many more summits to follow in its footsteps. As the community grows, a clear size diversity movement can be felt which will lift this strong organization to new heights and will always receive it with welcoming arms. Nicki Lynch, CEO of PLUS+, thanks her team and all the volunteers as well as the Sponsors: Lavender’s Jungle, Distinctive Designs By Norah, Dilworth Public Relations, The Trinity Awards Foundation, Righteous Entertainment, Mozen Organics, and their Media Sponsor DAILYVENUSDIVA.com and Media Partner POSE Magazine.
About the Companies: PLUS Positive (PLUS+) Is a nonprofit organization based out of Atlanta with locations in New Jersey, Birmingham, Chicago and more. PLUS+ is on a mission to spread “PLUS Positivity™” by empowering plus size men and women globally, advocating for size diversity in the media, and encouraging volunteerism to impact their local communities. They focus specifically in the areas of personal & professional development, community service, fashion and entertainment. They have defined the phrase “PLUS Positivity™” as a mindset that inspires plus sized people to conduct themselves in a manner that is CONFIDENT, CARING, ADMIRABLE, and AMBITIOUS.www.pluspositive.org
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