On June 14th, the Greenville Convention Center’s Ballroom was transformed into a regal setting for the JuneteenthGVL’s Royal Gala. The evening was filled with elegance, celebration, and community spirit, marking an important prelude to the Juneteenth festivities.

The highlight of the evening was the crowning of the 2024 Mr. and Miss Juneteenth, Zachary Brewster and Kristie-LeAnn Taylor. Both honorees exemplified the grace, dedication, and community involvement that the titles represent. Their crowning was met with enthusiastic applause and cheers, setting a joyous tone for the night.

In addition to celebrating these outstanding individuals, the event also highlighted the generous contributions made towards the 2024 scholarship funds. The Carlo and Nika White Foundation’s donations were announced with gratitude and excitement, as these funds will support the educational aspirations of deserving students in our community. The foundation’s commitment to empowering young minds through education is truly commendable and aligns perfectly with the values of JuneteenthGVL.

Guests at the gala enjoyed a delightful evening of fine dining, entertainment, and heartfelt speeches. The Ballroom was adorned with beautiful decorations that reflected the significance of the occasion, creating an atmosphere of sophistication and pride. Live performances added to the festive ambiance, with music and dance celebrating African American culture and heritage.

The JuneteenthGVL’s Royal Gala was more than just a night of celebration; it was a testament to the strength and unity of our community. It brought together leaders, supporters, and community members to honor the past, celebrate the present, and look forward to a future filled with promise and opportunity.

As we reflect on this magnificent evening, we are reminded of the importance of Juneteenth and what it represents. The gala was a powerful reminder of the progress we have made and the work that still lies ahead. We are proud to host such significant events at the Greenville Convention Center and look forward to supporting many more in the future.

Thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to making JuneteenthGVL’s Royal Gala a resounding success. We eagerly anticipate next year’s celebrations and the continued growth and empowerment of our community.