Purple Reign: 2012 Golf & Tennis Challenge Welcome Reception

After getting registered, checked in, seeing some familiar faces and meeting new friends, people at the Black Enterprise/Pepsi Golf and Tennis Challenge were ready to decompress and enjoy some laughs and dinner at the Welcome Reception hosted by FedEx. With the Purple Reign theme reflecting their logo, FedEx joined the Challenge for its seventh year. “We support Black Enterprise because they promote entrepreneurship and wealth building in communities of color,” said Donald Comer, a Director at FedEx.

The night would be remised without a “testimonial” which came from none other than comedian extraordinaire Michael Colyar. He was not able to get copies of his new book A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the White House…I Knocked on the Door and a Brother Answered printed until just before he left to come to Miami, nonetheless, FedEx was able to deliver them in a promptly manner and had the books at the hotel when he arrived. “The package…is here,” “Reverend” Mark Curry, the host for the evening, proclaimed.

The crowd was in hysterics as Curry worked the room engaging the guests in fun conversation about golf, tennis, and the celebrity look-alikes. “We have ‘Cee-Lo Green’ in the house everyone,” Curry noted as he gave a portly brownskin gentleman with glasses a hearty pat on the back. “Sol Factor” then came and set the stage on fire with their highly energetic set. The crowd was reluctant to join the dance floor, but once the infamous “Wobble” line dance commenced, people were out of their seat and grooving throughout the night. To no surprise, a soul train line formed and guests “hopped on” in all of their purple glory.

One attendee, John Howard, who is at the Challenge for his 5th time, said he loved Sol Factor and has seen them before in his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. “I come back every year because Black Enterprise offers a great all-inclusive package that is a perfect vacation for the holiday weekend.” With his accounting firm, J. Howard and Associates, Howard also understands the importance of events such as these to meet new people and form relationships with potential clients.

–by Mia Hall


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