Venesta Jones attended Chicago’s very first skating party which was organized by Vanessa
Poindexter. As a result Venesta was inspired to sponsor an annual skating party in Detroit,
Michigan in 1994. She approached Cleo George and Patricia Byrd (who are now retired) with
the idea; a partnership and Detroit Connection was formed.
Detroit Connection hosted their very first major skating
party in October 1994. A renewed and rekindled spirit and
interest was sparked from skaters who attended several sessions
per week to even those skaters whose skates may have been
gathering dust in recent years. From this event, a national
roller skating network was born which has grown to approximately
15 clubs/organizations in major cities from coast to coast.
Cleo George felt that Detroit Connection should have a
complete weekend of activities for skaters and introduced the idea of hosting
an annual mix-n-mingle dance. The first dance was held at St. George’s and
was attended by over 300 people and grew to over 700 people through the years.
Detroit Connection sponsored a number of highly successful
roller skating events, playing host to hundreds of avid enthusiasts
from around the country. A policy of providing the highest
level of customer satisfaction was established from inception.
Detroit Connection gained increasingly solid support year
after year. The overwhelming response and support of events
have capsulated enjoyment of our patrons. Providing high quality
events is essential and paramount to the ongoing work of serving
Detroit Connection has sponsored several charity fundraising
picnics to assist the needy. Bus trips were sponsored to support
the skating functions of other clubs.
In 2002 Detroit Connection saw a new vision and changed its name to
Detroit Connection Now. Wanda Harris joined as its newest member in 2004.
Detroit Connection Now sponsored a number of highly successful skating and
dance events playing host to hundreds of avid enthusiasts from around the country
and gained increasingly solid support year after year.
Detroit Connection Now held skating parties for nearly twenty years.
Due to the enjoyment and overwhelming response of our patrons we continue to
sponsor the mix-n-mingle dance.
DETROIT CONNECTION NOW WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL OF OUR PATRONS
FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT THROUGH THE YEARS