Johnny Mathis, Denice Williams Among Guest at the High Tea

Fisrt Ladies High Tea 2013 Westin Hotel LAXOver 850 women, celebrities, church figures and community leaders gathered together at the Westin LAX on October 12 for L.A. Focus’ 16th Annual First Ladies High Tea.

Grammy Award winning artist Deniece Williams received the Legacy Award presented by legendary singer Johnny Mathis, who surprised the audience by singing his signature hit “Chances Are” as well as joining Williams in a short duet of her hit “Gonna Take A Miracle” and then dancing together. Carol’s Daughter founder, Lisa Price was also honored.

Hosted by pastor/founder of Bible Enrichment Fellowship International Dr. Beverly “Bam” Crawford along with  first lady Sheree Fletcher (of Hollywood Exes fame), the show featured performances by Gospel recording artist Isaac Carree (Clean This House) as well as BET’s 2013 Sunday Best Winner Tosha Page-Lockhart.

Sponsored by Wells Fargo, Walmart, Toyota and Los Angeles CountySupervisor Mark Ridley Thomas, the afternoon affair honored and showed gratitude to the first ladies and other women who served their communities and churches throughout the year.

Other notable presenters and speakers included recording Artist Freda Payne (Band of Gold), Myesha Chaney (Preachers’ Wives), Shamicka Lawrence (Hollywood Exes), Actress Alley Mills (The Bold & The Beautiful), Sheriff Lee Baca and others.

The tea continued tradition with an essay-writing contest for young women ages 15-18. The grandprize winner received $1500.

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