2018 Wearable Art Gala

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Here you will find all of the necessary information needed for your 2018 Wearable Art Gala Experience!






A limited number of hotel rooms have been reserved minutes away from the Alexandria Ballroom.

To book a hotel room, please visit the following link by JANUARY 30, 2018

JW Marriott ($359.00 per night plus tax and fees)




2018 Gala Sponsor Ads – Deadline February 20, 2018

Include your Business Advertisement or Congratulatory Ad to our honorees in our Limited Edition Commemorative Gala Program Book !

This year, the Gala pays tribute to Gloria Carter and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter.

Gloria Carter is the inaugural recipient of the Everyday People Award. Ms. Carter co-founded the Shawn Carter Foundation with her son,
JAY-Z, with the mission of helping individuals who face socio-economic hardships to further their education at post secondary institutions.

Beyoncé Knowles-Carter will be honored with WACO Theater Center’s Humanitarian Award for providing support to numerous relief efforts throughout the world.

Program Book – Business or Congratulatory Ad

To submit your ad, please follow the steps below:

  1. Step One: See ad size and pricing options to select your congratulatory ad. Click Here to Read Specs
  2. Step Two: Submit your message via email to Cicley@wacotheatercenter.com
  3. Step Three: Complete your payment at the link below.

Deadline for all messages, original artwork and payment is February 20, 2018

To submit original artwork or for additional assistance, please email Cicley@wacotheatercenter.com
$ 5,000.00
Personal Info

Donation Total: $5,000.00

Wearable Art Gala Silent & Live Auction!
March 17th, 2018 

Finally, is there a place we can list all auction links on the website?

Richard Lawson, President

Richard has had a long and distinguished career as an actor and master teacher that spans almost 5 decades. Read More …

Tina Knowles Lawson, Vice-President

Tina is a Fashion Designer who has been featured in a slew of publications including Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar, L’official, InSyle, and Sports Illustrated Read More …

Babe Evans, Gala Committee

Babe Evans career in theatre spans 40 years and includes acting, producing and children’s theatre. She served as the president of the Burbage Theatre Company . Read More…

Holly Robinson Pete, Gala Committee

Actress, author, talk show host, activist and philanthropist Holly Robinson Peete’s career as an actress dates back more than 3 decades and Read More …

Jo-An Turman, Gala Committee

Jo-An Turman is the Vice President of Entertainment Industry Partnerships and Real Estate Broker for Habitat for Humanity of  Read More…

Melba Farquhar, Gala Committee

Giving back has always played an important role in Melba’s life over the past 30 years.  She was a board member of Friendly House Read More…

Mai Lassiter, Gala Committee

Mai Lassiter has actively supported a variety of charitable organizations as a board member, volunteer and fundraiser. Read More…

Steve Jones, Gala Committee

Steve Jones is the president of marketing firm Brand Maverick Entertainment (BME), who specializes in Television and film marketing Read More…

Kawanna Brown, Gala Committee

Kawanna Brown is Chief Operating Officer of Magic Johnson Enterprises, the hub of all Magic Johnson businesses. Read More …

Eula Smith, Gala Committee

Eula Smith, creator and owner of EMS Consulting, started her fashion career at the world-renowned retail giant Nordstrom. Read More …

Robi Reed, Gala Committee

Robi Reed is an Emmy Award Winning casting director and producer with 30 plus years of experience in the entertainment industry. Read More …

Vanessa Bell Calloway, Gala Committee

Vanessa Bell Calloway is an American actress and dancer. Her body of work includes such films as Coming to America, What’s Love Got to Do with It  Read More …

Lela Rochon Fuqua, Gala Committee

Lela Rochon is an American actress and producer known for such films as The Chamber, Gang Related, Knock Off, Why Do Fools Fall in Love  Read More …

Cheryl D. Creuzot , Gala Committee

Cheryl D. Creuzot is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Wealth Development Strategies, L.P. She is currently a trustee of the University of Houston Foundation Read more…


By using the WACO Theater Center website to secure a product or service from a designer/stylist, you acknowledge that you have read and agreed to the “Terms of Use” below, as well as the specific terms pertaining to the deal that you secure with a designer/stylist.  See “Terms of Use”, below.

John Allen


Tiara Slater

Octavius Terry-Sims

With two fashion design degrees from Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Octavius Terry-Sims is the CEO of his own label for which he has produced designs for Queen Latifah, Chris Brown, Sean Kingston, Nick Cannon, Tamar Braxton, Ariana Grande, Matt Barnes, and Gloria Barnes just to name a few.

GROOM by Octavius Terry-Sims
Contact: Octavius@GROOMofficial.com

Tashiba Jones-Wilson

Tashiba has been the Key costumer on ABC’s hit TV Show” Black-ish” since its conception. For men and women, and from movies, commercials, theater, music videos, wearable art and award shows to styling icons such as Chaka Khan, she’s done it all. A graduate of The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandise, Tashiba also designs the denim line she co-founded, ZMJ Denim. If you are still searching for the right design idea to wear to the Gala, Tashiba can pull pieces from design houses, showrooms and from her own design resources to style you for the Gala.


Crystal Paris



Website: crystalparisdesigns.com

Crystal Paris is Junior BFA Fashion Design major at SCAD Atlanta. After having a child at 19 years old, battling homelessness and not knowing which direction she wanted to take her life, she began looking to her strongest passion for solace, desiring to create and understand fashion. Crystal Paris would not become a statistic but rather a survivor, thus she began her first business at the age of 22 called Crystal Paris Designs LLC a brand created to empower others through Fashion and Art. Crystal has a list of personal accolades that have been added to her resume and portfolio, in the interim, making her a great asset to the student profile of SCAD. Just recently she represented SCAD Atlanta in New York City as a semifinalist for this year’s National Retail Federation Next Generation Scholarship. Crystal also attended Art Basel 2016 where she worked very closely with Daniel Lisome London based Artist and Designer on his exhibit at SCAD at Miami “Theater of Self”. Crystal’s hand painted mask and designer ‘CP ICE’ were also published in the Daniel Lismore book “Be Yourself Everyone is Already Taken” published early this year. In 2015 Crystal won Macy’s Fashion Advance competition for her creative Kente Collection inspired by the rich culture of African American culture. In 2014 Crystal won first place as the design war winner for her Macaron Queen dress designed on behalf of the newly renovated Fashion Cafe in Simon Mall Lenox Square in Atlanta Georgia. During Crystal’s spare time she enjoys traveling the world, learning about different cultures, bike rides with her son, and designing one-of-a-kind pieces of wearable art. As an artist Crystal Paris inspires to help young girls around the world to dream big; never giving up on their dreams no matter what, to believe in themselves and to never take NO for an answer!

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