Atlanta Celebrates Supermodel & Businesswoman Renée Knorr’s Birthday in Grand Style


On Monday, January 23, 2012, the movers and shakers in metro Atlanta business came out to the exquisite Cole Haan boutique in Phipps Plaza to celebrate the birthday of Atlanta’s very own supermodel and businesswoman, Ms. Renée Knorr.

The wonderful evening was called the “Celebration of Life Birthday Fetes”, and the special and invited guests who attended were proudly wearing Renée’s favorite colors, black & Chanel shade pink.

When we arrived at Phipps Plaza, it seemed as though the entire mall had closed down for this very special occasion celebrating the life of one of Atlanta’s most beloved citizens. As we entered the fabulous Cole Haan boutique with the talented and creative Glennette “Cookie” Haynes, owner of Stephin Oubre Events and Interiors, we were warmly greeted by those who were already there, mingling and networking.

One of the first people we met was Renée’s personal photographer, who’s also a celebrity in his field, Mr. Paul Biagui. Susan Zeltman, Store Manager at Cole Haan and her staff made everyone at the event feel truly welcomed. The co-hosts for the evening were Roberta White and Janee Knorr. They both did their best to ensure everyone had a great time. The music for the evening was provided by Unknown Lyric and the gift bags everyone received were compliments of the following sponsors: Smallcakes, Infiniti of South Atlanta, BVLGARI, FRS Energy Drink and Anuschka Jivan Wellness Spa.

It was also great seeing Jing Chen from the Falun Dafa Association of Atlanta. Jing was there telling everyone about Shen Yun Performing Arts appearing in Atlanta for the first time this year at the Cobb Energy Center. She reminded us that January 23rd is the start of the Chinese New Year!

It was a pleasure meeting Shawn Brown, owner of Cheese Caked; Jamar Bates, Financial Services Professional with Mass Mutual Financial Group; Mayson Hulsey, Event Coordinator for SmallCakes – A Cupcakery; Terry Check of Terry Check Photography;  Barry C. Omekam, Director of Bkamgroup Inc.; and Carlos Coleman, CEO of CFOX Productions. Carlos… thanks for telling us about your 1st Annual Black History Parade on February 25, 2012 on Peachtree Street and Auburn Avenue in downtown Atlanta. It was also great to meet Johan Kjellsten, a fellow tennis enthusiast.

A few minutes before Renée Knorr made her grand entrance into the private event, we were kindly instructed by the hostess, Roberta White, to form a long line on each side of the store. We were to resemble a runway so that Renée could feel even more at home. She gracefully strutted and glided down the human runway, briefly stopping to warmly hug and give a friendly kiss to all who were lined up on each side of her to whisper birthday wishes.

Renée looked very lovely, elegant and statuesque in her Ben’s Design dress, which was a heavenly pink color, shantung satin, with chantilly lace at the top, adorned with 24k gold trim and fine gold links.

After the event at Cole Haan, we were off to Buckhead to have dinner at a reserved room for Renée Knorr’s birthday guests at the popular Sufi’s Persian Restaurant. Mosha, the owner of this lovely restaurant and his wonderful staff did a marvelous job making sure that everyone was served in a timely and efficient manner.

Lauren Lovanella with Georgia Crown Distributors, provided the pink champagne, and Renée Knorr gave a special salute to the other January birthday babies who were present: Calvin Anderson, Dawn, Joi Williams, Gene Gimono and the publisher of The 19th Hole Magazine, Ian Lawrence. Music at the dinner was provided by performing artists, Antonia Lawrence and Yewanda. Antonia sang her new and uplifting song, “The Power of a Woman”, as a tribute to Renée and she also led the group in a Stevie Wonder rendition of “Happy Birthday”.

Renée Knorr gave a heartfelt thanks to her dynamic styling team: Hair Stylist, Sean Anderson; Pink Passion Dress Designer, Ben Almonor; Fashion Stylist, Tobias Terrell; Bebe’s Earring Fashion; and Make-up “The Beautiful One” Inspired by Roberta White.

Renée Knorr is currently featured in the 2012 Leading Ladies in Atlanta Business edition of People You Need to Know Magazine available at metro Atlanta Kroger and Whole Food stores. We were honored to be among her many esteemed guests. The evening will definitely be one to remember.

People You Need to Know Magazine
Atlanta’s #1 Magazine Showcasing Women Business Owners
Member: Atlanta Press Club
Winner: Best Promoter “Spark Plug” ~ New America Media

Photography Credit: Paul Biagui


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