Spotlight on Dorothea Bragg of Ascension Enterprise

| December 29, 2013
Dorothea Bragg of Ascension Enterprise (Courtesy Photo)

Dorothea Bragg of Ascension Enterprise (Courtesy Photo)

UP CLOSE WITH JEANIE

Whatz up, babies?

As always, I hope that all is well with you and yours. And, I want all of you to make sure that you have a very Merry Christmas that’s filled with love, beauty, happiness, joy and some form of peace of mind. For if you do, then I too, shall have a very Merry Christmas. On that note, I’m going to bring this week’s spotlight to ya in a different format because I’m going to start it off with the Holiday Gala, that I recently attended at the Botanical Gardens on Sunday, Dec. 15, that Ascension Enterprise brought to us. Mikki White was the featured artist and she sang songs of Christmas cheer, as well as, others. Everyone enjoyed themselves and the crowd really enjoy it as her sisters accompanied her on stage and sang “Silent Night.”

I’m going to bring Mikki and Clifton to you so you may know what their opinions are, as far as, Dorothea being a promoter and this is what they had to say:

“Hello, Frost Illustrated readers. I’m Mikki White, I was so overwhelmed and honored to be performing for Ascension Enterprise Holiday Gala because it was so exciting and all of us had so much fun. Dorothea is very professional, she does things top class and I love working with her. I will work with her forever because she’s an awesome person. I would tell anyone, if you want a high quality top-notch type of show, you need to get with Dorothea.” 

“Hello, Frost Illustrated readers. My name is Clifton Wallace and I really enjoyed the show, it was very incredible and refreshing. I have the utmost respect for Dorothea Bragg and her business, Ascension Enterprise. I enjoy what they’re doing and I will support them until the end because they‘re making things happen here in Fort Wayne, despite the weather. My hat off to you, Ascension Enterprise, and I look forward to seeing you at all of your upcoming events.”

Now that you’ve heard all of that wonderful stuff, from two people, I’m going to take you into the world of Dorothea as a promoter and as a coordinator of Events. So that you’ll know how and why she’s doing the things she’s doing. So at this particular time all I’d like for you to do is sit back, relax and enjoy. Or, stand and jump and shout if you want to! You can do that, because we’re gonna take you there and this is what she has to say.

“Hello, Frost Illustrated readers. My name is Dorothea Bragg and I’m the owner of Ascension Enterprise which is a multi-cultural event planning and promotional business located here in the dynamic city of Fort Wayne, Ind., and we offer endless resources and possibilities for creating fantastic events for you. We have a creative team of experienced individuals with the knowledge to plan, promote, coordinate and execute memorable events for professionals, corporate, social and different types of personal. Our event portion of the business, offers a variety of services in an effort to meet our customers needs and wants. We provide services for adults, teenagers and children, which also includes book signings, grand openings, CD release parties and etc. Our promotional portion of the business, such as concerts, is to give people an opportunity to see what we have to offer the Fort Wayne community in the form of entertainment that we bring to the city, as well as, the local talent that we utilize for your enjoyment. 

“Ascension Enterprise, started in 2011 and it’s named what it is because I wanted a fantastic name that would reflect the fantastic things that we’re going to make happen and my son thought of it. I thought it was perfect because it means, rising to its highest heights, and that’s what I can see for my business. Ascension Enterprise kicked off its first promotional event with Sizzling Gregg Bacon and our theme was, Jazz At Its Finest. It was held at the Botanical Gardens downtown on Sept. 22, 2013 and it was an outdoor event. I chose this artist because he’s somebody that I’ve wanted to bring to Fort Wayne for quite sometime, since I’m a jazz lover and I also know there’re a lot of people in Fort Wayne that also love jazz and that’s something, that we’ve hadn’t had the opportunity to see or hear in a while. Also, I chose Latrece Goree, to open the show for Gregg because I knew that she’d bring a variety of excitement to the entertainment table with a little R&B and soul music. The event was very successful and it gave me an opportunity to showcase my business and to give people the opportunity to see the type of services and the quality of the events that I coordinate. 

“I chose the Botanical Gardens as the venue because it gave me the opportunity to have the type of ambience that I wanted for this event and I think probably 60 to 70 percent of the people, that attended this event, had never been there before to see its beauty. I also chose the this venue because of the type of layout since when I coordinate functions, I also have food and beverages available, as well as, a variety of different vendors that showcase what they have for sale and I’ll have that available at the majority of my events. My next upcoming event will be Tuesday Dec. 31, 2013 for a New Year’s Eve Masquerade Party at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., and will feature Urban Legend. Plus, a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to a chosen charity.

“The entertainment bug bit me at a very early age in my life because I grew up next door to the old Links that’s was located on Jefferson Boulevard, and growing up there was wonderful. Because there was live entertainment every weekend such as, Ike & Tina Turner, The Ohio Players, Funkadelic  etc. As a child, I had the opportunity, to go to the matinees and listen to them. That gave me the opportunity to start having an eye for good music, good entertainment and good choreography and that really sparked my love for the entertainment business. When I got older, Link Chapman the owner of Link’s, was very instrumental because he would answers all of my questions about how to go about putting an event together. After awhile, I started working in the not-for-profit realm and that’s where I expanded my knowledge for event coordination. I started to coordinate their events that was more catered to walks, luncheons and conferences and that helped me to broaden my horizons and to help refine what I already knew in the social realm of events.

“When I think about my entrepreneur spirit, that came from my great grandmother Tresella Upkins and my father Leroy Swain. My grandmother had a boarding house when I was a young child and I got a lot from that because she didn’t work outside the home but she maintained and made a great living providing while my grandfather worked outside of the home. And, my father Leroy, had a hat and accessories store on Lewis St., when I was about 12 years old and he also had a wrecker service plus a full-time job. I got that spirit from them and I learned that you must be disciplined and it takes a lot of hard word. 

“I made the choice to work for myself after working with not-for-profit after 18 years and to do something that I truly love. Planning and promoting events brings me joy because it brings joy to others. So I got out on my own to provide a service for the community, in which I live and I stepped out on faith, to really pursue my goals as an event coordinated because it’s always been my passion. I felt like GOD has blessed me with this gift and I needed to use that instead of working for other people. When I stepped out on faith, GOD sent me conformation because HE sent so many positive people my way to lend a helping hand. In the very near future I would really love to grow my business to where I would coordinate more events, not just in the Fort Wayne, but being able to travel outside as well. If you’d like to reach me pertaining to upcoming events or hire me for your next event call me (260) 302-1124 and my email address is ascension.biz.” 

Now in closing I say, Great job Dorothea and I’m so proud of you. So until next week, you’ve been Up Close with Jeanie. Bye, bye babies.

P.S. If you would like The Spotlight shined upon you or someone that you know, all in the name of love, just send me an e-mail to upclosewithjeanie@yahoo.com. I’d love to hear from ya.

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