#AlphaDerbyWeekend: Friday night lights & a stunning Saturday (Part 2 of our 3 part series)
Part 2 of our #AlphaDerbyWeekend series
It's the start of the weekend. As it relates to the #AlphaDerbyWeekend, it's the full kickoff party to the destination benefit weekend of the spring and beyond.
After a sound opening 24 hours with the networking mixer and golf tournament (click HERE for our article), it's time to do a little more networking and a little more fun "cutting up a rug". The setting for the evening of May 6th is the College Football Hall of Fame. The "rug" is the plush turf, sections, and multiple areas to get a beverage and creatively congregate in getting acquainted with some new colleagues and getting reacquainted with old friends and familiar faces.
The creativity of DJ Tron on the 1's and 2's sets the mood, and then, there's the headliner.
Classic hip-hop artist and storyteller Slick Rick (accompanied by the "Ricketts" and his official dj, DJ Kaos) takes command of the stage with his blend of style and presence. Serenading the audience with tracks including "Mona Lisa", "Hey Young World", and "Children's Story", he "takes it back" to fun and more care-free days of socializing and partying.
A fun evening for an energized audience.
And then comes Saturday.
Patrons return to the College Football Hall of Fame for Saturday's (May 7th) main event. And the setting takes on a more transformative tone.
There are three levels to engage the audience. The top floor is complete with scenic views of Centennial Olympic Park and the Atlanta skyline; patrons are able to peruse the venue and take in the history and character of the museum. With multiple bars, the silent auction, and other special amenities, the sold-out audience is in for some special sights, scenes, and sounds.
Welcomed by a video greeting from Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens, along with a proclamation reading and welcome by Atlanta City Councilman Byron Amos and words from Rockdale County Commission member Sherri Washington, those in attendance enjoy the viewing of the "run for the roses". Having multiple viewing options adds to the excitement of the day.
And to top it off, a live performance from classic Southern hip-hop artists Crime Mob maintains the energy and "feel-good" nature of the day.
Additional live performances, festivity, and a reminder to the why behind the party add to the positivity and presence of the greater purpose. Being able to bring back the vibe of the previous editions (especially since 2017 when the event adopts its current format) provides for a good day and weekend.
Notes: Photos and video are recorded by Andrew Snorton and Jocelyn Blue. The video of Mayor Andre Dickens addressing attendees is via the Mayor's Office. The second photo album includes photos of Atlanta City Councilman Byron Amos (who provides the proclamation) and Rockdale County Commissioner (Post 1).