Written by | Ray Cornelius

Atlanta music icon, Antwan “Big Boi” Patton hosted his Big Kidz Foundation Holiday Gala Thursday night at the legendary Stankonia Studios in West Midtown. The invitation only event featured assorted desserts and cocktails, a silent auction and loads of live entertainment including Miss  C.C. LaFlor, former “America Idol” contestant Alexis Cierra, BET 2012 Music Matters Artist Clinton Babers II, and R&B vocalist Keisha Jackson with her Holiday Chorus. V-103 radio personality Stacii Jae Johnson served as the evening’s Mistress of Ceremonies.

Chef Jason Ellis

The annual fundraising event is just one of the many ways the 501 (c) (3) organization garners financial support. Big Kidz Foundation caters to 5,000 youth throughout the entire Atlanta metropolitan area and focuses on the performing arts.

Big and Jennifer

“One thing about the Big Kidz Foundation is that we just don’t give back during Thanksgiving and Christmas, we give back all year round,” says Big Boi. “We have programs that help children with public speaking, dance, music and painting.  So, tonight is not just about the food and drinks but its about the kids. We are so looking forward to going into a New Year  and just want everyone to have a good time. That is why I hosted tonight’s gala here at Stankonia, where all the funky things come from.  It’s such a historic monument and I feel blessed to have everyone come to the place I call home.”

Check out more photos below:

Dr. Heavenly

Silent Auction item from “Married to Medicine’s” Dr. Heavenly


 Assorted Holiday Delights

Angel Envy

 Holiday Spirits were provided by Angels Envy – Kentucky Burbon Whiskey

Stacii Jae Johnson

Radio personality Stacii Jae Johnson served as Mistress of Ceremonies

Alexis Ciara Miss CC Laflor

 Singers Alexis Cierra and Miss  C.C. LaFlor brought the house down with their soulful vocals

Clifton Babers

 BET Music Matters artist Clinton Babers II performed original songs and the music of D’ Angelo

Rodney Perry

Comedian Rodney Perry acting up in front of the Big Kidz Foundation bannner

Jennifer and Monique

Big Kidz Foundation Executive Director Jennifer Lester with volunteer Monique Johnson

Stacii Jae with Kwanza Hall

Stacii Jai Johnson with Atlanta City Council’s Kwanza Hall

Keisha Jackson

Keisha Jackson jammin with her Holiday Choir

Desmond John

South African Rapper Desmond John

Divnity Roxx Renee and Chef Jason

Recording artist Divinity Roxx/Blaque Book Entertainment’s Renee M. Palmer with Celebrity Chef Jason Ellis 

Photo Credits: RayCornelius