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Monday, October 17, 2011
The Big Monday Spin Down
NABWMT 2011 Fall Midland Rocked and Rolled by local Host Committee
"By far this was one of the best Midland events that I've come to..." was just one of the compliments and comments that proclaimed the October 14-16 weekend event as a rousing success. The National Association of Black and White Men Together, Inc in conjunction with its Midland Regional meeting descended upon Little Rock for the first time in the organizations 30 year history. Attendees were treated to music during Friday evening's registration from local artist Amber Edge and kicked the event into high gear with the "Welcome to Little Rock Mixer" which featured a complimentary sumptuous cocktail buffet, music and networking opportunities. Frederick Gentry, administrative assistant to City Manager Bruce Moore and City of Little Rock Board of Directors offered greetings from the city as well as a Certificate of Recognition in honor of the organization's visit. All roads led to the host hotel, La Quinta Conference Center as the event also offered HIV Testing to locals who supported the effort and a outreached to a attendees to the Rock City Corvette show also being hosted within the hotel. "I can't believe the local support and turn out that came to meet and greet us," said Pat Carron of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. " This is a paradigm shift for the Midland and Little Rock has demonstrated a new model for a successful event." Local notables such Mr. Diamond State Rodeo Association, Nathan James (pictured, upper right) welcomed visitors and informed them on rodeo activities in the city currently and the upcoming Rodeo in Rock 2013. D. Levi (pictured upper left), CEO of The Living Affected Corporation sponsored the evenings music mash up, spinning out musical selections from golden oldies which were crowd favorites to today's hot mixes. The vibe of the evening set the tone for bar crawling to local venues within walking distance to the hotel. Attendees had discovered 610 Lounge and made it a mainstay for off site visits. All agreed that The Lady Champagne ( Steve) who also attended Friday night's meet and greet provided a welcoming attitude that set the tone to the entire weekend. Saturday's Midland Regional Board meeting concluded allowing members to prowl the city while checking out the Mosiac Templar Museum, Central High School Visitors Center,and River market area. A focal point of Saturday's tour was the Clinton Presidential Complex where the group lunched on the grounds as the enjoyed the unusually warm Arkansas weather. The host committee worked diligently during pre-weeks to the event which began with a strategy sessions last October after a presentation proposal that was offered during the 2010 Midland Regional in Oklahoma City. "I've learned so much during this planning and much more about exactly what NABWMT stands for. It was hard work but so exciting at the same time. I'm so proud of what we did as a team," said Shon D. James P. who brought the official greeting from the host committee said," It's been one of the best experiences I've had in some time. I'm thrilled that we could make it happen and let others know that we've got something to show off when visitors come to town."
Midland Regional Members (left)
NABWMT Co-Chairs, Mack Scott (left) and Ken Baron (right)