Written by | Ray Cornelius
Acclaimed filmmaker Will “Power” Packer hosted the First Take with Ford event on Friday evening in Atlanta, GA. The blue carpet affair was presented exclusively by Ford and was held at the historic Freight Depot in Underground Atlanta.
First Take with Ford models
The movie-premiere themed party featured complimentary cocktails from Pernod Ricard USA, a variety of treats and test drives of Ford’s latest vehicles including the Ford Fusion, Ford Mustang, and the Ford Explorer. There was also a live DJ, photo booth and aerial silk dancers performing above the crowd.
Ford Ambassador Rikya Taylor posing for the camera
Ford recognizes Atlanta’s position as the new “Hollywood of the South” and honored a few of the city’s industry rock stars including reality star and singer, Demetria McKinney; photographer extraordinaire, Derek Blanks; celebrity makeup artist, Toni Acey; UPtv’s marketing manager, Nadia Simone; celebrity hairstylist, Riyka Taylor; and film producer & distributor, Autumn Bailey to name a few.
Kevin Giacomini, Ford SE Regional Sales Manager
“This is an opportunity for Ford to connect with the Atlanta community. We have Ford Ambassadors that are representatives of the city’s movie industry. Atlanta is becoming a very prominent player in television and film production and we thought this was a great way for people to experience our products and have fun. Ford has a very big presence in the movie industry now and we thought this was a great time to celebrate that milestone, says Ford Southeastern Regional Sales Manager, Kevin Giacomini.
Ford Ambassador Derek Blanks with celebrity stylist Tameka Raymond
A number of last year’s ambassadors came out to celebrate including Sheri Riley, Shanti Das, Rashana Ali and Keinon Johnson. Also spotted were reality stars Gocha Hawkins, Tameka Raymond, Andrea Kelly, Christina Johnson and actors Jensen Atwood and Keshia Knight-Pulliam, who served as last year’s host.
Check out more photos below:
Keshia Knight-Pulliam/Gocha Hawkins
Shanti Das and Sheri Riley
Rashana Ali and Angela Watts with guests
Aerial Silk Dancer
Ford Ambassador Lorielle Broussard with friends
HGTV’s Egypt Sherrod and husband DJ Fadelf
Ford Ambassador Toni Acey with Christina Johnson, Tami Reed and guests
Andrea Kelly with Jensen Atwood
RayCornelius.com contest Winner Willaura Adams with guest
Atlanta’s Social Butterfly Kimberly Byer-Clark and husband
April Love with Jason Orr
I’na Saulsbery with Uniworld Reg. Account Director, Erin Howlette
RC with First Take with Ford models
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