Monday, May 14, 2012


King of Strings Entertainer, Ken Ford has partnered with Ray's Restaurants to host "Strings on the River", on Saturday, May 19th from 12pm - 4pm at Ray's Restaurants.  'Strings on the River' is a benefit concert to provide music education, programs and instruments to children and schools that desire an music arts based curriculum that has been cut due to funding or other disadvantages benefiting The Ken Ford Foundation and Fragile Kids Foundation.

"This is a great day for Fulton County where we merge the charitable side of a business like Ray's and The Ken Ford Foundation's mission of music education," says Foundation Executive Director Annette Davis Jackson. "We are one and the same."

The Ken Ford Foundation is an organization that focuses on enhancing academic excellence through music appreciation and making music classes and programs for youth available throughout the state of Georgia.

Mike Ross, director of operations for Ray's Restaurantsnoted, "With live jazz being such a big part of our restaurants' identities, The Ken Ford Foundation partnership is a natural progression for us." Since founder Ray Schoenbaum opened the doors nearly three decades ago, Ray's Restaurants have been developing deep ties to the local community and charitable organizations. Ross adds, "For several years, we've worked with the Fragile Kids Foundation, and we are proud to add the Ken Ford Foundation to our list of partner organizations."

Media partners for 'Strings on the River' include Rolling Out Magazine, Jazz WCLK and Georgia Public Broadcast.

Limited VIP and General Admission Tickets are available by visiting

Special Thanks to : Chat Kafe Show with Kenny Pugh, Rolling Out Magazine, Sports Extra, 91.9 Jazz WCLK and Better Mornings Atlanta!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012


Mutombo with guests and his wife, Rose (far right)

On Saturday, April 28, 2012 Atlanta's top stars, celebrities, corporate VIPS and more gathered at the grand St. Regis Hotel Atlanta for the Caring For Congo Gala Experience 2012 hosted by NBA Legend & Global Ambassador Dikembe Mutombo

Created to preserve the memory of his mother, this night of celebration raised awareness and funds for The Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital - a $29 million state-of-the-art facility, built in 2007, in Mutombo's homeland of The Democratic of the Congo.  

Several dignitaries, celebrities, former and current NBA teammates came to pay tribute and support the cause such as Mayor of Atlanta, Kasim Reed, Ambassador Andrew Young, Congressman John Lewis, Congressman Hank Johnson, many media friends from CNN such Ali Velshi who served as The Master of Ceremonies and former CNN reporter, T.J. Holmes among others

Master of Ceremonies, Ali Velshi

Voted USA Today's "Most Caring Athlete", Mutombo says, "The hospital was built to help the people of my hometown live healthy and productive lives." Mutombo invited all of his corporate VIPs, celebrity friends and NBA counterparts for a night filled with awareness, dancing, music, special presentations, LIVE entertainment from Tony Award Winning Songstress, Jennifer Holiday. 
Mutombo and his Lovely Wife Rose share a dance.

Congressman John Lewis being serenaded by the Original "Dream Girl",  Jennifer Holiday

Mutumbo, Jerome Bettis and Kevin Willis share a laugh. 

The event was put on by 'The Fabulous' Tee Foxx and Foxx Entertainment Group who allowed us the opportunity to lead media efforts for this wonderful affair!
Tee Foxx & Dikembe

**Pictures are courtesy of Atlanta Tastemaker Magazine and all can be viewed by visiting their website.