Community comes together during Annual Thanksgiving Youth Empowerment Dinner
SAN ANTONIO – (Nov. 25, 2019) Rising Stars, Inc, WORLD LOLEI Incorporation, and Prince Hall Affiliated Masonic Bodies partnered with Anne Marie Catering hosted the 4th Annual Thanksgiving Youth Empowerment Dinner at The Devonshire Place located on the city’s north side community.
Guests were welcomed into the facility via the red carpet and were greeted by the hosts which include District 10 Councilman Clayton Perry.
The event serviced more than 150 children, family members and the elderly from throughout the city.
“This event was planned to help and assist our communities’ youth by showing them that it is more to life than what's being portrayed in their environment every day,” said Charles Sattiewhite, SA Rising Stars president.
One of the highlights of the event was Little Miss San Antonio & Little Miss Lone Star Brooklyn Gentry, 7, who was introduced by the Honorable Ron Nirenberg, city mayor.
“As I stand here in front of you, as Little Miss San Antonio, my dreams are bigger than this,” said Gentry, who is also Little Miss America’s Choice. “I will continue to strive for the best. Who knows maybe the next time you read about me I’ll be Miss America.”
She instructed all the adults to stand and asked them pointed questions.
“Do you believe in us? Will you support and nurture our dreams? If we fall will you pick us up? The youth of San Antonio needs you,” said Gentry. “I know my family and friends believe in me. I want the same for all of you here today. I wonder if I’m looking at the next heart surgeon, prima ballerina, future mayor, and the next president or next great thinker.”
Detrick Williams, vice president of WORLD LOLEI, delivered an illustrated lesson on formal table settings, etiquette, and family style dining before dinner was served.
"This is truly an amazing event and a blessing,” said. Williams. “It’s great to see the smiles on the faces of the children and adults who joined us tonight.”
According to Williams, who was released from prison in August, it’s all about giving back to the community.
“I wish I could have had this as a child,” said Williams. “For many of us, we did not have something like this brought to us and went without.”
During the program, youth celebrating birthdays in November participated in a special raffle. The prize being an autographed jersey donated by San Antonio Spur Star Rudy Gay. Free tickets to Urban Air were provided to the children as well.
According to Roslyn Sherman of San Antonio, owner of Roslyn’s Sweet Creations and Red Vine Jewelry, Little Miss San Antonio was a doll.
“I think Little Miss San Antonio was able to encourage the kids. Her words had power behind them,” said Sherman, who is also a home healthcare provider. “This is something different for the kids. I hope they were listening.”
Thanks to the following sponsors: Alamo Biscuit Company, Ben E. Keith, Triple A, Moussa Temple No. 106 (Prince Hall Shriners), Noble Gentlemen of San Antonio, Claude W. Black Center Advisory Board, Mark’s Outing, San Antonio Lodge No. 1 (F.&A.M.), John T. Maxey Lodge No. 74 (F.&A.M.), Albert and Gernell Smart Foundation, LPJ Media, CPS Energy, San Antonio Spurs, and Rudy Gay of the San Antonio Spurs.
“Thanks to all our sponsors, supporters, volunteers and executive chefs,” said Williams. “Without their assistance, this event could not have been possible.”