[image-1]Sitting in their living room, feeling the continued inspiration and anticipation of the Inauguration of the first black president of the United States of America, the women and man of CRAZE Catering decided to take a lesson from the politician from Hawaii and did something “to bring people together in unity that would make a difference in the world.” Ra’Gina Scott-Saunders (the R in CRAZE) along with her family members, decided to invite the entire community who would be unable to celebrate in D.C. to a party free of charge for attendees. CRAZE catered the event, and thanks to several benevolent donors, Saunders and family were able to conduct the affair with little overhead and collect donations for the Lowcountry Food Bank. “The same way the people came together for the election is the way they are coming together now, and that is why we wanted to celebrate this,” Saunders said. “It has been beautiful.”

The festive shindig was graced by several inspirational speakers and performers, including artists J-Ness and Mr. Unknown who shared original pieces they composed for the historic event.

North Charleston Mayor Pro Tem Samuel L. Hart moved many audience members, admitting the fear of many Civil Rights leaders and people of his generation — that he would never live to see this day. Rep. David J. Mack, III also thanked his constituency for making it to the polls and doing their part to ensure Obama would become the 44th President. Before the end of the evening, guests had the exciting opportunity of hearing Phil Noble recant some of the highlights of the Obama campaign in South Carolina. Noble, a member of Obama’s Statewide Steering Committee, proudly shared a particular memory he experienced with Obama, when the former Illinois senator first learned about the motto of the Palmetto State, “While I breathe I hope,” a slogan he continued to use throughout the campaign and following his acceptance. —Cara Kelly