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

 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.

Ford Executive

 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.

Tameka Raymond and Derek Blanks

 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

 Keshia Knight-Pulliam/Gocha Hawkins

Jenson Atwood

Jensen Atwood 

Sheri Riley and Shanti Das

 Shanti Das and Sheri Riley 

Rashana Ali and Angela Watts

 Rashana Ali and Angela Watts with guests

Acrobatic dancer

 Aerial Silk Dancer

Ford Ambassador 4

 Ford Ambassador Lorielle Broussard with friends

Egypt Sherrod and DJ Fadelf

 HGTV’s Egypt Sherrod and husband DJ Fadelf

Christina Johnson with Ambassador and Talking with Tami

Ford Ambassador Toni Acey  with Christina Johnson, Tami Reed and guests

Andrea Kelly and Jensen Atwood

 Andrea Kelly with Jensen Atwood 

My winners Willaura and guest

 RayCornelius.com contest Winner Willaura Adams with guest

Kimberly Social Butterfly

 Atlanta’s Social Butterfly Kimberly Byer-Clark and husband

Jason Orr and April Love

 April Love with Jason Orr 

Ina and Ford Rep

I’na Saulsbery with Uniworld Reg. Account Director, Erin Howlette

RC with showgirls

 RC with First Take with Ford models

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