The ReWired for Change launch party at the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park and Museum marked the official kick-off of a nonprofit started by "The Wire" star Sonja Sohn. The organization's mission is to help at-risk youth learn to make better life choices by using the HBO series itself - which was filmed in Baltimore from 2002 to 2007 - as a learning tool.
Sohn - in a ruffly black chiffon cocktail dress and strappy gold high heels - looked the antithesis of her character, Detective Kima Greggs.
"I am so nervous. This is a whole other ballgame," Sohn confessed.
Many of those who had worked in front of - and behind - the camera at "The Wire" had come to show their support for ReWired for Change. Cast members in attendance included: Clark Johnson (Gus Haynes), Jamie Hector (Marlo Stanfield), Michael K. Williams (Omar Little) and Gbenga Akinnagbe (Chris Partlow).
"The Wire" cast members weren't the only celebrities at the party. Baltimore Ravens players Mark Clayton, Domonique Foxworth and Ed Reed mingled with guests who included board member Natalie Gluck, Premier Rides president Jim Seay, marketing director Sara Ingram, Insurance Incorporated agent Tracy Kwiatkowski, community volunteers Nancy Latini and Terri Taber, Living Classrooms president/CEO James Piper Bond, Parks & People Foundation president/CEO Jackie Carrera and artist/interior designer Jeanine Turner.
Then there were the guests of honor: Craig Manley, Phillip Gaddy, Ed Smith, Latavia Cornish, Kenyon Heath, John Wood and Sean Hawkins - the students who had participated in ReWired for Change's pilot program. The students, who ended the evening by performing their own poetry, received a standing ovation.
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