Glamour, glitz, and a marriage proposal were all part of the Kalamazoo Legacy Ball at the Radisson  Friday night.

In recognition of 'Black History Month', Kalamazoo hosted it's annual 'Legacy Ball' on Friday February 17th at the Radisson downtown.

'The Legacy Ball' started 9 years ago in Grand Rapids and extended to Kalamazoo and Detroit. The event celebrates local scholarships and community awardees. In fact, over the past 9 years the 'Legacy Ball' has awarded over $70,000 in scholarships.

The evening was a smash! The Radisson created an elegant place to dine and here amazing speeches through out the night. To top everything off, what the audience thought was a raffle drawing, turned out to be a proposal set-up. The announce asked everyone to look on the back of their program for a heart sticker. When the gal who had it on her program came up front, her boyfriend followed her  up to the stage, dropped to one knee and proposed...just for the record she said yes!

Other great moments of the event was hearing the 'Community Honorees' speak. Those receiving this great honor were...

  • The Honorable Alexander Lipsy, who is a Circuit Court Trial Division Judge & Chief Judge Pro-Term for the Ninth Circuit Court.
  • Chris Sligh, who is the Director, Student Activities and Leadership Programs, the Associate Director of Bernhard Center at Western Michigan University.
  • Dr. Janice Brown who is Executive Director of The Kalamazoo Promise and Past Superintendent of Kalamazoo Public Schools.

The scholarships were presented to two groups...

Each honoree was a delight to hear speak. They were all positive and hopeful about what happens when the  human spirit engages with the community it is surrounded by.

I had a great time and look forward to next years event.