ESSENCE Music Festival Sponsor Summit

ESSENCE Music Festival Sponsor Summit
ESSENCE.COM Dec, 20, 2011

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Essence Editor-at-Large Emil Wilbekin and ESSENCE VP of Sales & Marketing Karen Williams smile for the cameras at the 5th Annual Sponsor Summit dinner.

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Guests enjoyed beautiful views of New York City at the Summit dinner, which took place at one of the city’s premiere locations, Bar Basque at Hotel Eventi.

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Legendary soul singer Stephanie Mills dazzled the audience as she performed in a fiery red dress.

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Stephanie Mills poses with ESSENCE’s Editor-in-Chief Constance C.R. White, General Manager Joy Collins, ESSENCE Editor-at-Large Emil Wilbekin and VP of Sales & Marketing Karen Williams.

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New Orleans host committee members showed up to have a good time.

From left to right: Scott Hutcheson, Advisor to the Mayor for Cultural Economy, City of New Orleans; Glenda McKinley, president/creative director GMC+Company Advertising; Judy Reese Morse, Deputy Mayor and chief of staff, City of New Orleans; Joy Collins, ESSENCE General Manager; Mark C. Romig, CEO, NOTMC New Orleans Tourism; and Toni Rice, president, New Orleans Multicultural Tourism Network.

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Coca Cola Sr. Brand Activation Manager Stella Ringer poses with ESSENCE’s Editor-in-Chief Constance C.R. White, Stephanie Mills and Karen Williams.

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Live Events Director Staci Hallmon-Bazzani sets the stage for the first annual Sponsor Awards Ceremony.

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Corporate Accounts Director Patricia Aguayo, Coca Cola’s Stella Ringer, ESSENCE’s Director of Live Events Staci Hallmon-Bazzani smile for the camera.

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Account Manager Julia Serrels, Ford’s Lynn Wilson, and ESSENCE’s Director of Live Events Staci Hallmon-Bazzani enjoy the festivities.

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Corporate Accounts Director Kim Smith, U.S. Army’s Kay Lucas and Saundra Heath and Staci Hallmon-Bazzani, Director of ESSENCE Live Events.

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ESSENCE Midwest Sales Director Paul Johnson, Kimberly Clark, State Farm’s
Cassandra Greenfield, and Director of ESSENCE Live Events Staci Hallmon-Bazzani.

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ESSENCE Midwest Sales Director Paul Johnson, My Black is Beautiful’s Melody Harris, and Staci Hallmon-Bazzani, Director ESSENCE Live Events.

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ESSENCE Western Region Advertising Director Hadyn Wright, Visa’s Erin Goodrich, and Director of ESSENCE Live Events Staci Hallmon-Bazzani.

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Account Director Darryl Malone, Carmen Turner, Rob Jackson of McDonalds, Director of ESSENCE Live Events Staci Hallmon-Bazzani, and Tanicka Sanders of McDonalds.

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CNN’s Keisha Taylor and Staci Hallmon-Bazzani, Director of ESSENCE Live Events.

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ESSENCE Midwest Sales Director Paul Johnson, Coors Light’s Bridget Williams, and Staci Hallmon-Bazzani, Director ESSENCE Live Events.

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TV One’s Peggy Byrd and Staci Hallmon-Bazzani, Director of ESSENCE Live Events.

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ESSENCE Midwest Sales Director Paul Johnson, Walmart’s Sharonda Britton, and Staci Hallmon-Bazzani, Director of ESSENCE Live Events.

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Summit-goers were treated to a surprise Block Party performance starring one of the “hardest working man in show business,” Dougie Fresh.

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Dougie Fresh got the Summit audience off their feet as he performed his classic hits.

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Dinner attendees enjoyed the sounds of live band Kafele Bandele Trio.

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Emil Wilbekin interviews ESSENCE Editor-in-Chief Constance C.R. White giving the audience a taste of his new EMF franchise, Behind The Velvet Rope.

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