Shannon Brown and his wife Monica (flanked by Hennessy VSOP sponsors) at The WoodStar Foundation Music Festival kickoff dinner held last night in Chicago. Photo by Zondra Hughes.

R&B songstress Monica, the first lady of the Wood-Star Music Festival, was a picture of  elegance as she flanked her husband Shannon Brown on the red carpet at a dinner fundraiser for the event.

Monica’s affable personality set the tone for the Wood-Star Music Festival fundraiser, as the celebrities who attended allowed the Shannon Brown Foundation to be the shining star of the evening.

The Wood-Star Music Festival, a three-day celebration of music and family fun, benefits the Shannon Brown Foundation. The goal of the foundation is violence prevention and empowering at-risk families.

Felicia Davis, the deputy chief of staff for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and Shannon Brown.

Brown was acknowledged for his hard work. At the event on Aug. 17, 2012, Felicia Davis, who is the deputy chief of staff for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, announced that Shannon Brown will receive his own day of celebration in the city of Chicago.

The Wood-Star Music Festival event is produced by the Captivate Marketing Group. Follow the Wood-Star Music Festival on Twitter: @WoodstarFest.

Michelle Williams Shannon Brown's WoodStar Foundation VIP Dinner. Photo: Zondra Hughes
Shannon Brown's WoodStar Foundation VIP Dinner. Photo: Zondra Hughes
Shannon Brown's WoodStar Foundation VIP Dinner. Photo: Zondra Hughes
Shannon Brown's WoodStar Foundation VIP Dinner. Photo: Zondra Hughes
Shannon Brown's WoodStar Foundation VIP Dinner. Photo: Zondra Hughes
Shannon Brown's WoodStar Foundation VIP Dinner. Photo: Zondra Hughes
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Shannon Brown's WoodStar Foundation VIP Dinner. Photo: Zondra Hughes
Shannon Brown's WoodStar Foundation VIP Dinner. Photo: Zondra Hughes
Shannon Brown's WoodStar Foundation VIP Dinner. Photo: Zondra Hughes

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's Deputy Chief of Staff Felicia Davis with Shannon Brown.

Shannon Brown's WoodStar Foundation VIP Dinner. Photo: Zondra Hughes
Shannon Brown's WoodStar Foundation VIP Dinner. Photo: Zondra Hughes
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Shannon Brown's WoodStar Foundation VIP Dinner. Photo: Zondra Hughes
Shannon Brown's WoodStar Foundation VIP Dinner. Photo: Zondra Hughes
Shannon Brown's WoodStar Foundation VIP Dinner. Photo: Zondra Hughes
Shannon Brown's WoodStar Foundation VIP Dinner. Photo: Zondra Hughes
Shannon Brown's WoodStar Foundation VIP Dinner. Photo: Zondra Hughes
Shannon Brown's WoodStar Foundation VIP Dinner. Photo: Zondra Hughes
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Shannon Brown's WoodStar Foundation VIP Dinner. Photo: Zondra Hughes
Shannon Brown's WoodStar Foundation VIP Dinner. Photo: Zondra Hughes
Shannon Brown's WoodStar Foundation VIP Dinner. Photo: Zondra Hughes
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Shannon Brown's WoodStar Foundation VIP Dinner. Photo: Zondra Hughes
Shannon Brown's WoodStar Foundation VIP Dinner. Photo: Zondra Hughes
Shannon Brown's WoodStar Foundation VIP Dinner. Photo: Zondra Hughes
Shannon Brown's WoodStar Foundation VIP Dinner. Photo: Zondra Hughes
Shannon Brown's WoodStar Foundation VIP Dinner. Photo: Zondra Hughes
Shannon Brown's WoodStar Foundation VIP Dinner. Ms. Toi Talese. Photo: Zondra Hughes
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Shannon Brown's WoodStar Foundation VIP Dinner. Photo: Zondra Hughes