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The fourth annual Georgia Entertainment Gala, a black tie award show honoring individuals who have made an difference in Georgia’s music, film, television and technology industries, was held at the Georgia World Congress – Sidney Marcus Auditorium in Atlanta and hosted by actors Pooch Hall of BET’s The Game and Valery Ortiz from Vh1’s Hit the Floor.

They were so warm and welcoming during the red carpet and even interacted with the guests and took selfies with fans. The Georgia Entertainment Gala also believes in community awareness as a portion of the proceeds will benefit two charities: Atlanta Children’s Shelter and Angels Among Us Pet Rescue.

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Pooch Hall and Valerie Ortiz with guests

This year’s, winners of the 2016 Georgia Highlight Award included actor Ronreaco Lee (BET’s Let’s Stay Together), chief creative officer of Momentous Marketing Mil Cannon, founder and CEO of Legendary Events Tony Conway, jazz vocalist and songwriter Kathleen Bertrand, and executive director for the Georgia Game Developer Association Andrew Greenberg.

Winners for the evening included Christine Pullara Newton for Outstanding Achievement Award; The Center for Puppetry Arts for Outstanding Contribution to the Georgia Entertainment Industry; Catherine Dyer for Georgia’s Best Actor Award; Maxie McClintock for the Georgia’s Rising Star Award; Brantly Jackson Watts for People to Watch in the Georgia Entertainment Industry; and Elizabeth Hunter for the Youth Artist Award.

In addition, All of the Locals took home the Georgia’s Music Award while the film, Bless Yer Heart, won Georgia’s Best Independent Award.