Oprah's The Life You Want Weekend in Newark , New Jersey

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

We had the privilege of attending Oprah's Life you want Tour this past weekend. This tour was phenomenal and life changing. We received plenty of valuable information that left  us empowered. Special Thanks to Chelsea Hettrick, Joey Levine and entire OWN Team. Please check out pictures below.

Oprah Winfrey captivates audiences on stage at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on Friday September 26, 2014.  This was the fourth stop of Winfrey’s eight-city arena tour, “Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend,” traveling throughout the U.S. this fall.

Oprah’s The Life You Want” Weekend is an eight-city arena tour and transformational weekend featuring Oprah Winfrey and a team of special guests, sponsored by Toyota and Olay.  Each tour stop spans two days. On Friday nights, Oprah takes the stage, bringing her personal story and insights to life in a one of a kind intimate evening.  Then on Saturdays, Oprah leads a day-long gathering of thousands with handpicked thought leaders and pop culture icons including Iyanla Vanzant, star of OWN’s hit series “Iyanla Fix My Life,” regular O Magazine contributor, best-selling author and spiritual life coach; best-selling author of Eat Pray Love, Elizabeth Gilbert; and one of Time 100’s Most Influential people, Pastor Rob Bell. Additionally, world-renowned author and pioneer in mind-body medicine Deepak Chopra will take the stage in select cities.  "Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend" is produced by Harpo Studios, O, The Oprah Magazine, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and WME Live, and is presented by Toyota and Olay.

Photo Courtesy of Harpo Studios, Inc. / George Burns


Tawanda Jones of Camden Sophisticated Sisters Recognized With A $25,000 Grant  Presented by Amy Purdy on Behalf of Toyota For Inspiring the Youth of Camden, New Jersey

Los Angeles – “Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend,” Oprah Winfrey's eight-city arena tour and transformational weekend, announced the fourth Toyota “Standing O-Vation” award recipient on Saturday, September 27 in Newark, New Jersey.  The Toyota “Standing O-Vation” recognizes extraordinary people who are making positive changes in their communities and inspiring others to do the same.  Oprah Winfrey and Team Toyota brand ambassador Amy Purdy, “Dancing with the Stars” finalist and Paralympic Bronze Medalist, honored Tawanda Jones of Camden Sophisticated Sisters, a Camden-based drill team and drum line created as a safe haven to help the young people of Camden find confidence and a new direction for their lives.  As a recipient of the “Standing O-Vation” award, Camden Sophisticated Sisters will receive a $25,000 grant from Toyota in support of their outstanding commitment to supporting the local Camden community. 

Camden Sophisticated Sisters was formed by Tawanda Jones to give local youth an activity that would help develop self-esteem and inspire them to realize their full potential, as Camden has one of the highest crime rates in the United States.  Twenty-eight years ago Jones found herself pregnant at the age of sixteen, and out of sheer determination not to become another statistic she decided to create a safe and educational activity for Camden youth.  In addition to rehearsing four to five nights a week and performing on weekends, the Camden Sophisticated Sisters are required to maintain a ‘C’ grade average and to perform 200 hours of community service each year.  Jones’ drill team members also have a high school graduation rate of 100%. 

“I am speechless at the magnitude of love and energy I received on stage with Oprah Winfrey and Amy Purdy,” said Tawanda Jones.  “Getting a standing ovation for the work we do with Camden Sophisticated Sisters and receiving a $25,000 grant from Toyota was mind-blowing -- words cannot describe the enormity of this day.  Thank you Oprah and Toyota for giving me this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
The driving force behind The Toyota “Standing O-Vation” stems from the automaker’s commitment to fostering women’s interests. While reflecting the kind of stories that define the brand, The Toyota “Standing O-Vation” is an opportunity to celebrate remarkable women who are not only making the world a better place, but also motivating others to spark their own journey of personal change.

"Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend" will include additional presentations of Toyota’s “Standing O-Vation” award during the remaining tour stops:

Oct. 17-18        Houston, Texas                 Toyota Center
Oct. 24-25        Miami, Florida                    American Airlines Arena
Nov. 7-8           Seattle, Washington        KeyArena at Seattle Center
Nov. 14-15       San Jose, California        SAP Center at San Jose

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