It was an all White Affair. I-Witness thought she was at the Academy Awards as I walked the red carpet.
The children, Aretha, Gerald, Caroline, Jackie, Pamela, Amelia and Bernard Gatson threw their father, Robert Hagler a huge surprise 70th birthday celebration at Gene’s Lanes and Lounge.
They were not half-stepping! Everybody was decked out in white and all the decorations were white.
The tables were filled with Hersey’s Chocolate Kisses and then there was a real red carpet. Everyone had their photo snapped as they walked the red carpet. I loved it.
Robert had four generations come out to celebrate with him. Many of his siblings Donald and Kathleen Edwards, Ronald, Randall, Jimmy and Tammy, Janice and Kiey Gatson and Cashmire Smith, came from all over the country.
As we entered Gene’s, DJ Ivory was already rockin’ folks with an I-Witness favorite-‘Come on Hommie lets do the twist!” Photographer Latoya Johnson was in the house capturing the memory moments.
Robert was truly surprised as everyone shouted “Surprise, Happy Birthday!” He was speechless. A retiree from Badger Casting, he didn’t look a day over 45. He had a very young spirit. His date was Ora Burt. He was also joined by Gene and Helen Hughes, Joe Highsham.
I loved this party! It was filled with happy people having a good time. DJ Ivory did a special dedication to Robert entitled, “Family Reunion” because it was a family affair.
Robert’s children laid out a nice spread that had a bit of everything. He had beautiful cakes. One cake had the number seven with Happy Birthday and the other cake had the zero.
One cake had “Happy Birthday” with all his children’s names on it. It was too cute.
Robert’s children added many nice touches to their dad’s birthday celebration. Upon everyone’s departure, we were given a wine glass and a bottle of Zinfandel to commemorate Robert’s 70th birthday celebration.
Hey Robert and Angie, I had a great time. Robert, you have beautiful children. They wanted their dad to party in style and they laid you out. It says something very good about you that your children wanted to celebrate your life and your siblings traveled from all over the country to celebrate with you. Happy Birthday to you!
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