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July 21, 2012 - July 27, 2012, The Afro-American

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Diane Bell McKoy Attendees enjoying the event Honoree Monica Mitchell, Wells Fargo and Venecia CatlinButler Scott Levitan, Development Director - Forest City - New East Baltimore Partnership; Special Tribute Honoree James E. Woods, Jr., M.D., MedStar Harbor Hospital and Jodi Levitan

DeBora Ricks, ABC Events Facilitator

Emerging Leader Honoree Jonelle Ocloo (3rd fr. right) , Murthy Law Firm with attendees

Nicole Odom and Thomas Hodnett

Lottie Chin and Brenda Walls Locust

Diane Bell McKoy, ABC President & CEO; A. Adar Ayira and Kenya Asli

n June 9, Associated Black Charities (ABC) and President/CEO Diane BellMcKoy hosted the organization’s annual gala at Martin’s West in Baltimore. The event, which featured a networking reception, dinner, casino and jazz lounge, feted African Americans in corporate leadership throughout Maryland. Willie Callahan of Lockheed Martin, Monica Mitchell of Wells Fargo and James E. West of Johns Hopkins University, among many other professionals were spotlighted. ABC also paid special tribute to former judge and prominent attorney William H. “Billy” Murphy Jr. and James E. Woods of Medstar Harbor Hospital. The ABC Gala is the organization’s largest annual event and raises funding towards its mission to create healthier and wealthier communities throughout Maryland through responsible leadership and philanthropic investment. Photos by Lamonte Gwynn

The 1962 alumni class of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School celebrated their 50-year graduating anniversary with a weekend of activities on June 15-17. Over 100 people attended the opening Dinner Dance held at Martins’ Valley Manor in Cockeysville with musical entertainment provided by The Rob Reason Jazz Group. Robert Terrell was the program’s host, while Viola Miles Byrd gave the keynote address. McCarroll Nole’s presentation led the group down memory lane replete with stories and vivid memories of “how we were then”. The highlight of the evening was the awarding of 50-year anniversary high school “diplomas”. The following day, the class and invited guests hosted a cookout and fish fry in Rosedale Park. The reunion concluded on Sunday with a special service at St. John AME Church located at 810 N. Carrolton Photos by Lamonte Gwynn Avenue.

Keynote Speaker - Viola Miles-Byrd

Brenda Goburn Smith and Eugene Smith

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Terrell Acquanetta Phillips and Shirley Bowles Horton

Mr. and Mrs. McCaroll Nole James and Pearl Alston

Carolyn and Charles Blackwell

Sandra Schneider, Clara Baugh, Mildred Lee Hidman, Rebecca Ray White, Albert White and Douglas Bell

Margaret Honeycutt and Elizabeth Lyles Williams Lydia Harrison Lemon and Raymond Lemon

Statement of Occasion Robert Terrell

Auria Dean and Harry Hutton

Emerson Johnson, Tysie Watson Johnson, Gerldine Yarborough Ford and Doris Johnson

Elaine Clinton-Whitehurst and Ronald Clinton

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Paul Laurence Dunbar Class of 1962


July 21, 2012 - July 27, 2012, The Afro-American

The LAGRANT Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase the number of ethnic minorities in the fields of advertising, marketing Barry Caldwell, SVP, Public Affairs and Communications, Waste Management, Inc, Mike Fernandez, Corporate and public relations, held its 14th VP, Cargill, Inc., and Darryl Fraser, Corporate VP, Anniversary Scholarship Recognition Communications, Northrop Grumman Corporation Reception and Awards Program in Washington, DC. Under its dynamic leader, Kim Hunter, Founder and Chairman, 23 minority students, both undergraduates and graduates, received $5,000 scholarships to assist with their academic studies. Kathleen Matthews, Keynote speaker, Kathleen EVP, Global Communications and Public Kim Hunter, Founder/ Affairs, Marriott International was Matthews, Executive VP, Chairman, The Global Communications LAGRANT Foundation gave the keynote address and Brent and Public Affairs, Marriott giving remarks at the Jones of USA Today was the emcee. International, Inc award’s reception. Students also participated in an all-day career development workshop leading up to the awards program. Since its inception in 1998, The LAGRANT Foundation has awarded over $1.29 million The LAGRANT Foundation 2012 to 182 ethnic minority Scholarship Recipients students nationwide.

Master of Ceremonies Brent Jones, Director, Standards and Staffing Administration, USA Today

Models wearing fashions from the “Gap” Inc. Courtesy Photos

The University of the District of Columbia Community College (UDC-CC) made all sorts of history recently. To mark the first graduation of a class to earn associate degrees in the three-year old’s first fashion merchandising program, a “Dressolution” fashion event to show off the skills honed by the associate degree candidates was held just before the school’s first college and career exploration day was held. Project Runway All Star fashion designer alum Anthony L. Williams, actress Stacey Dash, and local stylist Julia M. Spraggins of Spraggins & Associates participated. Stephany Greene, founder of the UDC fashion and merchandising program, organized the show which was done in partnership with the Gap, Inc. and the White House Community College Model with initiative.

Daniel Ebb, Leticia Ebb and Paul Harris

Diane Johnson, M.P.H., Myles Worthington, Lisa Worthington and Sharon Jones, SVP, Director of Human Resources

Darin Allen, UDC-CC Office of the CEO, Stephany Greene and Anthony L. Williams

Stephany Greene (left) Executive Producer of the Fashion Show, Founder, UDC-CC Fashion Merchandising Program; Anthony L. Williams - Project Runway All Star and Stylist for Stacey Dash and Julia M. Spraggins - Stylist and Adjunct Professor at UDC-CC for the Fashion Merchandising Program

umbrella in white summer attire! Joan Wainwright, SVP, Marketing & Communications, TE Connectivity welcomes everyone.

Photos by Rob Roberts

Denise Nichols, Jordan Nichols, Sharon Hardy, Alvin Nichols and Johanna Key

In WHAT NOT TO WEAR to the office or on an interview segment: Anthony Williams (seated); Ashley Rivera and Julia Spraggins. Merchandising  Graduating Class: 1st Row (right to left): Audrena Edwards;  Ashley Rivera; Tammi Carrington; Stephany Greene; Fabienne Champagne;  2nd Row (right to left) - Lakita Marks Mitchell;  Charlee Covington; Malisa Dunson; and Ashley Hylton

Students/Coproducers of the fashion show; 1st graduating class from the Fashion Merchandising Program at UDC-CC.

By Shari L. McCoy

Illustrious Commandress of Mecca Court #2, Oasis of Washington DC Patricia L. Young

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National Jubilee Day for the nation’s Black Shriners was celebrated June 1-3 with the Shriners headquartered at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City Hotel in Arlington, Va. Shriners from throughout the country gathered to observe the 83rd anniversary of a Supreme Court ruling that ended Courtesy photos a decade-long dispute between White and Black Shriners, reversing rulings by courts in Georgia, Arkansas and Texas that held against Black Shriners’ right to establish a wing of the movement. The weekend of activities included participation in a walk-athon for diabetes and a group visit to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the Mall and culminating in a Sunday service at Howard University’s Cramton Daughter of Isis Imperial Deputy for Auditorium. The ceremony included the presentation of a check for the Desert Margaret E. Anderson; she $500,000 to the American Diabetes Association and a keynote address is a member of Mecca Court #2, Oasis by Rev. Dr. Ricky Lee of the Bethlehem Baptist Church, Chase City, Va.

Ancient Mystic Arabic Order Nobles Mustic Shrine Imperial Potentate Donald R. Parks and the Honorable MacKinnon W. Myers, Most Worshiful Grand Master of the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of the DIstrict of Columbia

of Washington, DC.

Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Nobles Mystic Shrine Imperial Potentate Donald R. Parks presents a check for $50,000 to the American Diabetes Foundation.

Imperial Potentate Donald R. Parks and Daughter of Isis Imperial Commandress Ruth M. Ellerbe bring remarks at the Jubilee Day program.

Members of the Shriners and Daughter of Isis pose at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.

Jubilee Day participants

Imperial Ambassador -atlarge for the District of Columbia  Roy Anderson of Karnak Temple #230, Washington, D.C.

High Priest and Prophet Alonza A. Jacobs of Karnak Temple #230, Washington, D.C. recites importance of Jubilee Day.


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