ATLANTA, Georgia- Shanti Das and The Hip-Hop Professional Foundation kicked off the 2017 holiday season with Keshia Knight Pulliam of Kamp Kizzy to host the 6th annual “No Reservations Needed” Thanksgiving Dinner. The evening started with complimentary haircuts by Niya Channell, manager of Clipper Kings Barbershop followed by words of encouragement and prayer by Rev. Dr. Raphael G. Warnock, senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church. Shortly after, over 450+ men from the Atlanta Mission were served a holiday meal complete with fried turkey, ham, greens, corn, dressing, yams, mac and cheese, dessert and more.
“Every year, our commitment and support for the Atlanta Mission is an experience the entertainment industry looks forward to. ‘No Reservations Needed’ is a program that continues to grow and could not happen without the support from our community partners,” said Shanti Das, founder of The Hip Hop Professional Foundation. “I would like to personally thank everyone who came out to Walmart on Saturday to make donations as well as Lil Jon and his family for donating Copeland’s Cajun Turkey’s by Copeland’s, V-103, WAOK, Patrice Thompson of Southwest Christian Academy for donating bottled water and Kelli Bacote of BookATL and Ryan Glover of Kyle’s Beautiful Mind for providing financial support. In addition, I would like to thank my amazing team members Porscha Sinclair, Brian Brinkley, Silence the Shame and 10 Squared for their continuous support and dedication.”
Volunteers included youth from the Greater Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. and Friendship Community Church, Monyetta Shaw (author, philanthropist), Takeo Spikes (NBC sports analyst and former NFL player), Big Tigger (radio personality), Derrick Bozeman (radio personality), Tracy Nicole (fashion designer), Tommie Lee (reality TV personality), Erica Dixon (reality TV personality) and a host of individuals from the Atlanta community.