Bay Area children from Oakland, Richmond, and Vallejo put on a show in celebration of health and second chances at health in a grassroots fundraiser for Children’s Hospital in Oakland. Held February 20th at the Holy Redeemer Event and Retreat Center in Oakland, the Lollipop Stop Children’s Fashion Show featured children ages 5 to 15 having fun as they danced and walked the stage modeling clothes by local designers Skylierwear, Turning Heads and Designer Diva
The Soaring Eagles Taekwondo Academy highlighted an eclectic blend of youthful talent who emphasized the fun of the physical activities children can get involved in to maintain health and well being. Anese Atkins-Henesley (see photo), 8 years old, presented a rousing speech in honor of Rosa Parks that won applause from the crowd. Anese was the winner of the Dr. Martin Luther King Oratorical Fest at Glenview Elementary School. Shaneen Black, 13, of the San Francisco International Arts Academy treated the audience to her stunning vocal range. Soloist Ashley DiAmante sang a track from her new album “My Story,” set to be released just days after the show.
Community partners Crocker Highlands Elementary School, Glenview Elementary School and Burckhalter Elementary School helped produce the show.
JUNA,” Just Us Networking Association”, a collaboration of artists, craft people and small businesses who showcase the wide range of talent in the Oakland Bay Area, sponsored the event.. JUNA’s goal is to demonstrate how, through the creative arts, a group focused on healing, prospering and uplifting our community, can bring about positive change. JUNA was founded by Valerie Cotton, Your First thought Event Design; D. Jean Collins, Black Lotus Enterprises, Donna Vaughan, Cobalt Blue Import and Export.