By Special to the Daily World
Put on your dancing shoes and get to steppin! With all the glitz and glammour and fancy moves the fifth Annual Atlanta Heritage Ball by Good Deeds International will be held Thursday, Feb. 16 through Sunday, Feb. 19 at the Georgia international Convention Center, 2000 Convention Center Parkway in College Park.
Dancers will arrive by plane, by train and bus from across the country to the civil rights city of the South to share in this annual shindig during Black History Month.
A major focus of the convention will be health and wellness. A health fair with vendors providing screenings and information on heart disease, sickle cell, hypertension and many others will be held, and a 5K run/walk will take place. Steppin is also a form of exercise that contributes to a healthy lifestyle.
“As a culmination of all our Good Deeds throughout the year, we come together in February in commemoration of Black History Month. The “Heritage Ball” is quickly becoming one of the nation’s stellar and highly anticipated annual steppers’ weekend events and is an eloquent “All Black Attire” beautifully themed “Celebrating Our Heritage – In Commemoration of Black History Month, said Cora O’Kelly, president of Good Deeds International, the nonprofit host organization.
The host committee consists of Ambassador Andrew and Mrs. Carolyn Young (chairs); Lisa Rayam, news anchor, Fox 5 TV; Veronica Waters, news anchor WSB Radio; Stepp Stewart, dance and fitness guru on the Dr. Oz TV show; Atlanta City Councilman Michael Julian Bond; Willie Watkins, Willie A. Watkins Inc.; College Park Councilman Tracy Wyatt; and Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau CEO/President William Pate
It is a four-day weekend affair consisting of a “Steppers’ Prelude” for early arrivals at the legendary Ellery’s, a warm welcome at host hotel Airport Marriott, including a hosted Champagne Hospitality Suite experience, a shuttle tour of Atlanta, which in the past has consisted of the