ATLA September 2013 : Page 42

[SOCIAL CIRCLES] SCENE By Sierra Leone Starks ON THE Ushering In a New Era Usher’s New Look President’s Circle Awards Luncheon at The St. Regis Atlanta Mary Brock, Usher Raymond IV and John Brock Ed Roland and Virgil Roberts THE PARTY In uencers, top business execs from Ford, GE, Georgia Power, Accenture and philanthropists came together in a darkened ballroom to honor the next generation of positive youth in uencers at Usher’s New Look 2013 President’s Circle Awards Luncheon. THE SCENE Guests enjoyed an afternoon lled with moving testimonials and inspirational videos while dining on a three-course lunch provided by e St. Regis Atlanta. Ed Roland and the New Look youth choir took to the stage to entertain the crowd, along with tunes by New Look alum Georganna “DJ Ace Star” Smith, who kept guests grooving in their chairs with the perfect party playlist. Usher New Look students spoke to the packed ballroom at The St. Regis Atlanta Lisa Borders and Shawn Wilson THE PLAYERS Usher Raymond IV, Sandra Deal, John and Mary Brock, Collective Soul, Julie Miller, Lovette and Michael Russell THE HIGHLIGHTS e wide smile and beaming pride on native Atlantan Raymond’s face—over how many lives his organization has touched—was palpable. “New Look was founded on the principle of collaboration and the idea of creating youth leaders who aspire to make the world a better place,” he said. Jeff Dauler Ginair McKerrow, Sona Chambers, Michael Anderson and Michael Thurmond 42 THE ATLANTAN SEPTEMBER 2013 PHOTOS BY NINH CHAU

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