ORLANDO, FL (FNN News) by Mellissa Thomas – Former pro athlete turned entrepreneur and philanthropist Dorian Boyland knows how to give charity the red carpet treatment it deserves. His All White Party, honoring the Trayvon Martin Foundation, kicked off at 10 p.m. at his Orlando residence Saturday with four coach buses shuttling registered guests from the designated parking area into his gated community. Three brand new white Mercedes-Benzes met guests as they walked onto Boyland’s grand stone-laid driveway, courtesy of his highly successful Mercedes-Benz of South Orlando dealership, and two Mercedes-Benz of South Orlando step-and-repeats awaited them for photo ops. A five-person welcoming party lined the front door, which included the party’s hostess, renowned civil trial attorney Natalie Jackson, Esq. (who graces Orlando Style’s September 2015 cover), and Dorian Boyland himself.
In case guests didn’t get the opportunity to snap photos outside, Boyland had a white Mercedes-Benz of South Orlando step-and-repeat inside, in the room just to the left of the door, with an event photographer at the ready to take everyone’s photos.
Boyland’s palatial home overflowed with Orlando’s networking bigwigs and elite, including retired Disney executive Bob Billingslea, Raise Your Glass Promotions CEO Gigi Moorman, National Circle of Friends CEO Paul Stevens, Christian media personality Pam Powell, and Central Florida Urban League Chairman Wesley Harris.
Boyland’s Lavish Party
The deejay played old school and current R&B and Hip Hop hits, and Boyland’s home offered three drink bars to keep everyone feeling good: two downstairs and one upstairs. The dance floor in the house’s center was covered white and accented with LED black lights.
The stage, which awaited veteran jazz “Saxtress” Pamela Williams and R&B legend Freddie Jackson, was built atop Boyland’s emptied stone-hewn pool.
At 11:38 p.m. Boyland graced the stage and introduced Williams, who wowed the audience with her artistry and brazen style. The Afro-sporting songbird played several smooth jazz hits, an original track from The Look of Love, her Burt Bacharach and Dionne Warwick tribute album, and brought the house down with Frankie Beverly & Maze’s hit, “Before I Let Go.”
At 12:25 a.m., the dapper 30-year R&B veteran Freddie Jackson, now 170 pounds lighter, pulled out every hit in his arsenal, including “I Could Use a Little Love (Right Now),” “Hey Lover,” “Tasty Love,” “Rock Me Tonight (For Old Times Sake),” “Jam Tonight,” “Have You Ever Loved Somebody,” and “You Are My Lady.”
He also paid homage to the late Luther Vandross, singing part of “Bad Boy (Having a Party)” and closed with The Spinners’ “I’ll Be Around.” He even handed out roses to several women in the audience.
Jackson also announced that he has a new album on the way and is currently promoting it. “I’ve done seven gigs in the last four days,” he noted.
Party + Philanthropy
At approximately 1:30 a.m., after Jackson’s performance, Boyland transitioned into the real reason for the gathering: philanthropy. Attorney Jackson graced the stage with Boyland, Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton, and the family’s attorney Benjamin Crump.
Boyland, through Mercedes-Benz of South Orlando and his nonprofit Boyz 4 Life, LLC, presented the Central Florida Urban League (CFUL) with a check for $16,640. CFUL Chairman Wesley Harris and media personality Yolanda Cade gratefully accepted the check, and in return announced that the CFUL is awarding Boyland with the Community Business Award for his steadfast contributions to and work in the community.
Boyland also awarded the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity’s Delta Xi Lambda Chapter with $10,000 to benefit its 2015 scholarship fund.
“Boyland started supporting the Trayvon Martin Foundation in 2012 and has every year since,” Attorney Crump told Florida National News. “We decided that Trayvon’s trial will not define Trayvon Martin, but that we will define Trayvon Martin’s legacy.”
Sybrina Fulton thanked Boyland and the audience for their steady support for the Trayvon Martin Foundation, and mentioned how important people like Boyland are—the ones who help behind the scenes—to continue the fight for civil rights of African American young men.
Mellissa Thomas is a Jamaica-born writer. She’s a decorated U.S. Navy veteran with Entertainment Business Masters and Film Bachelors degrees from Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL.
She is also an author coach, helping advisors, coaches, consultants, entrepreneurs, and experts double their income and clinch the credibility they deserve by walking them step by step through the process of developing, completing, marketing, and publishing their first book via her Inevitable AUTHORity(™) Author Mentoring Program.
She has published six books, all available on Amazon.com. Her newest book, From a Babe 2.0, will be released on the Kindle September 22, 2015.