The 2nd Annual Gospel Goes to Hollywood Awards Luncheon (GGTH) hosted by actress Wendy Raquel Robinson and comedian D. Ellis, who stepped in for Donnie McClurkin, continues steadfast resounding success throughout Hollywood with an event to raise awareness and funds in support of the fight against domestic violence, and to recognize Faith in Hollywood, was held Friday, February 22, 2013 at the historical Taglyan Cultural Complex in Hollywood, CA.
Recognizing some of Hollywood’s much respected in the entertainment industry, honorees included: power couple Terry and Rebecca Crews for the Equally Yoked Award; actresses Sheryl Lee Ralph, Wendy Raquel Robinson, and Sony Pictures executive DeVon Franklin for the Faith and Endurance Award; and actress Marla Gibbs for the Living Legend Award.
Upon arrival, guests stepped onto a massive red carpet, greeted by servers offering glasses of mimosa and heavy tray passed hors d’oeuvres, enjoying the flawless sounds of saxophonist, J Boykin, while various media outlets anxiously waited to interview the many honorees and special guests.
The event embraced the spirit of belief from entertainment professionals telling their story of faith in Hollywood.
“It was important for me to take care of the little details as well as making sure that our event was done in excellence. We are not only celebrating some of Hollywood’s top actors and executives, but we are also representing the Kingdom of God,” states Tomeka Holyfield, event producer and creator.
Musical guests for the event included multi award-winning artist Erica Campbell of the famed duo Mary Mary, who sang the group’s chart topping hit “Yesterday,” award-winning gospel recording artist Ami Rushes, who uplifted everyone with her moving hit “Testify,” and Christian pop artist J. Kingdom performed an electrifying remix of “Higher.”
Encouraging and heart-felt acceptance speeches were taken in and digested by all. From DeVon Franklin who stated, “… I see a generation being lost and they are being told to go in the wrong direction. What they are drinking from this culture is not telling them that God is real and that Jesus Saves…” to Mara Gibbs, “I’ve been receiving quite a few of these Lifetime Achievement Awards. I know I’m going to be turning 83 in just a few months, but is it over”?
Sheryl Lee Ralph’s heartfelt speech brought many to their feet, as she mentioned the many struggles she has gone through to simply survive. And there wasn’t a dry eye in the venue after the emotional actress Wendy Raquel Robinson accepted her award for supporting the event for its second year, and for being a positive role model for youth through her Amazing Grace Conservatory.
The celebration came to an unforgettable close with Erica Campbell leading the finale song of Mary Mary’s Grammy ® winning-song “Go Get It” while being joined on stage by celebrity guests and honorees.