CELEBRATION OF SERENITY
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
It was an evening of giving and sharing at the Woodland Hills Country Club where the Bobbi Kristina Serenity House held their 2nd Annual “Celebration of Serenity,” in support of victims of domestic violence. The foundation was founded by singer, entertainer, Bobby Brown and wife Alicia Etheredge-Brown in 2015 to honor his daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown.
“We’d like to thank Chris Spencer for hosting the gala and all our friends for supporting us again this year,” stated Bobby and Alicia. “And of course, our ‘home-team,’ who have been there to support us throughout the year. We also want to thank our honorees for the love, compassion and heart that they share with the philanthropic communities they support, including our Serenity House.” Celebrity guests included sports and entertainment figures Eric Benet and wife Manuela Testolini, Grammy nominee Ray Parker, Jr. and wife Elaine,
5-time prime-time Emmy award nominee Marla Gibbs, Grammy winner Macy Gray, former MLB Hall of Famer Dave Winfield, former baseball outfielder David Justice, entertainment attorney Larkin Arnold, music executive Kerry Gordy, and R&B singer, Keith Washington. Pastor R.A. Williams of McCoy Memorial Baptist Church presented Leah and Dana Pump with their awards, and Marla Gibbs had the honor of presenting D.L. Hughley with his. The evening continued with a silent and live auction, amidst a jam session with Grammy-award winner, saxophonist Mike Phillips and R&B soul band, The Unit.
During the gala, five surviving women of domestic violence that included 2x Olympic basketball player Ruthie Bolton; writer/actress Cathy Westfield; push girl dancer Auti Angel; and college student, Onyx Burton shared their personal experiences of abuse, and its pressing issues currently facing our nation. They encouraged guests to continue “giving a voice to the voiceless,” and help to eliminate the epidemic of domestic violence and oppression against males and females of all ages. The following morning a host of golfers joined Bobby Brown, including actor/comedian Alex Thomas, D.L. Hughley, Chris Spencer, and Larkin Arnold as they teed-up for a Scrambled Format tournament.
The 2-day event was sponsored by Jimmy Kimmel Live, Mixed Chicks, Bobby Brown Foods, Rivelle Pro, Ciroc, Prive´ Revaux Eye Wear, Chick-fil-A, and Beyond Story Consultants. The 2019 Gala featured awards from the Piece by Piece organization who transition homeless into residency. BKSH celebrates 2019 as a very important year. They have hit major milestones in their 2 year existence including: partnering with Brookview House in Boston, MA and S.H.A.R.E. House in Douglasville, GA providing support for victims in both states. Both foundations handle domestic violence calls that come through the BKSH hotline in their states.