Sunday, June 6, 2010

Associated Black Charities of Maryland to celebrate 25 years of progress while honoring African-American innovators, role models in Higher Education

MSU's President Richardson and Dr. Clara Adams honored as leaders in higher education by Associated Black Charities.

To mark the 25th Anniversary of its founding, the Associated Black Charities of Maryland (ABC) will reflect on past accomplishments, highlight current initiatives -such as More in the Middle and Place Matters-- outline future plans, and spotlight innovators in higher education at Baltimore's Hyatt Regency, 300 Light Street, on Saturday, June 12, 2010 starting at 6 p.m.

"These eight honorees collectively represent a variety of profound achievements in higher education," said ABC Board of Directors Chair Walter Amprey, former Baltimore City Public Schools Superintendent. "As individuals, they demonstrate the highest levels of educational proficiency, and a special way of giving back to the community."

Diane Bell-McKoy

Diane Bell-McKoy
According to Diane Bell-McKoy, the CEO and President of Associated Black Charities, "Education was one of the earliest priorities for ABC when it was founded 25 years ago, so it is particularly appropriate for us to honor and recommit to that concept today. If we are to build and expand a strong African American middle class, we must teach our young people the importance of education for wealth-building, home ownership, and quality employment."

The Anniversary will also highlight 25 years of service and philanthropy throughout Central Maryland.

The Gala's Honorees are...
* Dr. Earl S. Richardson, President of Morgan State University, for Lifetime Achievement.
* Dr. Clara Adams, Morgan State University; Dr. Bernard Wynder, Frostburg State University, and Jamal Mubdi-Bey, of Sojourner-Douglass College will be honored as Living Legends.
* Dr. Leslie King Hammond, of the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), and Dr. Lenneal Henderson, from the University of Baltimore will be given ABC's Trailblazer accolade.
* And, Anita Thomas, from the University of Baltimore, and Tenyo Pearl, from Coppin State University are seen as Emerging Leaders.

The "Full 25th Anniversary Gala Event" includes a Plated Dinner, the Program, a Networking Reception, Dessert, Dancing, and Valet Parking, and begins at 6 p.m. The accompanying Mini Event, with Networking, Dessert, Dancing and Parking, begins at 9 p.m. For ticket information, please contact Charles Brice at 410.659.0000 ext. 1203.

The Associated Black Charities of Maryland is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization under the regulations of the Internal Revenue Service. All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law. # # #


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