Last evening more than 300 guests gathered at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta to celebrate 37 years of career success for WSB-TV’s veteran anchor Monica Pearson. At every turn as guest walked down the blue carpet, Monica’s favorite color, there seemed to be a surprise. As guest were escorted upstairs to the Egyptian Ballroom, decorated by Tony Conway of Legendary Events, for a special cocktail reception everyone was surprised to see that the guest emcee for the evening was Robin Roberts of Good Morning America.
Before the three-course dinner was served, an Invocation was performed by Bishop Wiley Jackson, which led into a toast for Monica by Vice President and General Manager of WSB-TV,Tim McVay. Astonishing performances by the Morehouse College Glee Club and Alumni as well as Theresa Hightower and Mose Davis Trio were all the buzz on social media sites last night as attendees feverishly tweeted and facebooked their excitement about the entertainment.
As the dinner portion of the evening began to wind down more surprises took center stage. A video for Monica was played, which included a special message from Oprah Winfrey. Throughout the evening speakers Ambassador Andrew Young, Mayor Kasim Reed, Director, Kenny Leon, and WSB-TV’s John Pruitt, Jovita Moore and Justin Farmer all took to the stage singing Monica’s praises and bidding her the best of luck in her retirement. Station Director Marian Pittman and Tim McVay also a surprised Monica by donating $37,000 dollars to Meals on Wheels, one of her favorite charities, on her behalf.
Monica Pearson is a pioneer in Atlanta and although she will missed her legacy will live on by the many people she has touched. We wishe her the best in her next phase of life.