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The Black Professionals News

Volume 10 Issue 7

August Second Edition 2010

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Promoter Eric Norris presents Patty Jackson from WDAS Radio with the Community Service Award at The Eric Norris and Friends Annual Cookout in Belmont Grove Pavilion.

David Birts, DB Productions, Cornilia Swinson, Executive Director, Johnson House, Paul Jones, JTE Spirits, coordinated the Jazz in The Garden Fundraiser for Johnson House Historic Site

Jazz in the garden The Johnson House Board of Directors would like to thank the community for making the 10th. Annual Jazz in the Garden Fundraiser a success. Over 200 supporters attended the event and enjoyed an afternoon of fun, food, music, spirits and tours. Sponsors included Brown's Family Shoprite - Mike Basher Community Relations, Muller Inc. - Marty Farrell V.Pres of Marketing, JTE Spirits, LLC Pour MOI Cognac - Paul Jones President, Harlem Brewing Company, Pepsi Beverages Company - Wrenton Wright Community Relations, Historic Germantown Preserved, Penn Distributors Inc. - Matt Carey, KeVen Parker Company, Controll Insurance Programs - Chad Sorrell, and Valley Green Bank - Leslie Seitchik. Special thanks to, ABC - Channel 6 Linda Munich, The Philadelphia Tribune - Writer Kimberly Roberts, WURD 900 AM Radio - Thera Martin, Comcast - Community Investment Group Ursula Henwood, and KYW Newsradio1060 - Karin Phillips Community Affairs Reporter, The Black Professionals News, Earl Harvey, Publisher.

Kecia Hilliard, Mikecia Witherspoon and Pat Galer, former executive chef, Rum Bar, enjoy the festivities at the Rum on the River - Cane Spirit Festival at Octo Waterfront Grille sponsored by Rum Bar

U. S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE MINORITY BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (MBDA) NATIONAL DEPUTY DIRECTOR ALEJANDRA CASTILLO GIVES KEYNOTE ADDRESS At PA-NJ-DE Minority Supplier Development Council (MSDC) Business Opportunity Convention Alejandra Castillo, national deputy director of the U. S. Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) will give the keynote address at the Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Delaware Minority Supplier Development Council (PA-NJ-DE MSDC) “Power of Partnerships” Business Opportunity Convention, Wednesday, September 1, 2010, at 12:30 p.m. at the Borgata (event level), Atlantic City, New Jersey. Castillo plays an integral role in developing and implementing MBDA’s Global Export Initiative for the minority business community as part of President Obama’s National Export Initiative. In 2005, over $1.5 billion in contracts and financings were obtained by MBDA clients. The MBDA continues to be dedicated to the growth of MBEs. Hundreds of minority business enterprise (MBE), Fortune 500 company, and government representatives will be in attendance for the entire convention, August 30 – September 1. “I know our attendees will be very interested in hearing from Ms. Castillo on

The Self Employment & Entrepreneur Development Center (S.E.E.D) The Self Employment & Entrepreneur Development Center’s (S.E.E.D) mission is to help any business minded individual reach his or her potential by fostering solid business training to ensure their business and personal goals are achieved. S.E.E.D courses include business start-up procedures, proper business legal entity selection, business license and regulations, employee/contractor

the new direction for the MBDA, President Obama’s vision for MBDA, upcoming sourcing opportunities nationally and internationally and, the best recommended strategy for working with the MBDA,” said Wade Colclough, president and CEO of the PA-NJ-DE MSDC. This 3-day convention will put diverse MBEs face-to-face with buyers, contracting staff and other decision makers to establish and enhance relationships that can lead to business partnerships. Workshops, panel discussions, motivational speakers, matchmaking sessions and networking opportunities are designed to help bring about this desired outcome. “Our timely workshops on how to increase your business competencies, improve your corporate sourcing solutions, access capital in a challenging economy, and deepen relationships are geared to help move business ahead,” said Colclough. The final day of the convention will boast over 100 corporate, MBE and government exhibit booths. Among the exhibitors will be event Diamond Sponsor, Highmark, Inc., along with co-sponsors: Exelon Corporation; Merck; DuPont; Independence Blue Cross; Pepco Holdings, Inc.; Novo Nordisk; Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa; Giant; Campbell Soup; Johnson & Johnson; Verizon; Office Max; Wells Fargo; Deluxe Delivery Systems; Delaware River Port Authority; East Hill Video; Tonbo Visual Promotions and more. For information or to register, visit the PA-NJ-DE MSDC website at or call the Council office at 215-569-1005. set-up and management, business contracts and leases, in-person and over phone marketing, internet marketing, networking, business liability and personal asset protection, how to obtain traditional/nontraditional financing for start-up and existing businesses, and more. Participants are encouraged to develop a business plan, written business plans will include sections on marketing, operations and financials S.E.E.D is currently recruiting for its September Courses full financial scholarships are available for this course for more information online or call (610) 297-4232 email info @

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Keystone Mercy and YMCA Named as URAC Award Finalist for Best Practices in Health Care Consumer Empowerment and Protection Lose to Win Type II Diabetes/Obesity Program will be among distinguished award winners at URAC’s 11th Annual Quality Summit, October 5-7, 2010 Philadelphia, PA (August 11, 2010) – Keystone Mercy Health Plan and the YMCA of Philadelphia & Vicinity were selected as one of 30 finalists for the Best Practices in Health Care Consumer Empowerment and Protection Awards. URAC, the nation’s leading accreditation organization, will honor the finalists during their 11th Annual Quality Summit, October 5-7, 2010 in Chicago, IL. The Lose to Win Type II Diabetes/Obesity Program, which is jointly sponsored by Keystone Mercy and the YMCA, was selected by a distinguished panel of judges out of entries from across the nation. Finalists are invited to present their winning programs at the Annual Quality Summit which will showcase best practices in two categories: Consumer Decision-Making and Consumer Health Improvement. Both Keystone Mercy Health Plan and the YMCA of Philadelphia & Vicinity decided to start the Lose to Win Type II Diabetes/Obesity Program because of a significant rise in the number of diabetic patients in the Philadelphia region over the past few years. During the program, Keystone Mercy members participated in cooking demonstrations led by nutrition experts, activities to learn about how to live a healthy lifestyle, and support group meetings to help with losing weight through healthy eating and increased physical activity. Those who have participated in the program consistently lost between 10 and upwards of 28 pounds. In fact, one participant, Dale Toler, was able to reduce his daily dose of blood pressure medication. “Keystone Mercy is honored to be a finalist along with the YMCA of Philadelphia & Vicinity for URAC’s Best Practices in Health Care Consumer Empowerment and Protection Award. We feel that it is important to teach our members how to better treat and live with illnesses such as diabetes. Becoming a finalist for this award is a great accomplishment for our company and our members,” Eric J. Berman, DO, MS, Chief Medical Officer Pennsylvania Managed Care, Keystone Mercy Health Plan. “The YMCA of Philadelphia & Vicinity is proud to be considered, along with Keystone Mercy Health Plan, for this prestigious recognition. Improving the health and well-being of our communities is at the core of the Y’s mission. We are pleased to have had the opportunity to be a part of such a unique and important program that positively impacted the lives of those struggling to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle, while living with diabetes,” stated John Flynn, CEO & President of the YMCA of Philadelphia & Vicinity. Entries were judged by a distinguished panel chaired by epidemiologist Thomas W. Wilson, Ph.D, DrPH, Trajectory HealthCare, LLC. The 30-member panel included the best and most widely recognized experts in program evaluation, care coordination, health information technology, employer and purchaser decision making and patient safety. Entries were reviewed and scored by the judges based on objective criteria. “The Annual Quality Summit provides a unique opportunity for leaders in health care to learn what premier companies are doing to advance consumer protection and empowerment,” said Alan P. Spielman, President and CEO of URAC. “It is a one-of-a-kind conference, designed to inspire the industry as a whole to rapidly adopt proven practices that advance patient safety and empower consumers with improved decision-making tools.” All finalists are invited to attend a special event during the conference, when they will discover how they will be distinguished as award winners. Gold, Silver, Bronze and Honorable Mention Award winners in each of the six organization categories will be announced at the dinner. Platinum Award winners will also be announced, in the two topic categories. For complete conference details and to register for URAC's 11th Annual Quality Summit, October 5-7, 2010 in Chicago, IL, go to:

THE INAUGURAL PHILADELPHIA DIVERSITY AND LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE The Pennsylvania Diversity Council will host the Inaugural Philadelphia Diversity and Leadership Conference being held on September 10th, 2010 in Philadelphia. This year's theme is "DiversityFIRST™." This conference will further the statewide dialogue on diversity and inclusion and provide organizations and individuals with the opportunity to have open dialog, to learn and to benchmark on diversity best practices. The conference is an all day event featuring over 20 speakers and 12 different breakout sessions. Speakers are top level executives with experience in both leadership and diversity. Dr. Cornel West, world renowned scholar, will be the keynote speaker at the Multicultural Awards Luncheon. This award is designed to recognize individuals of color who have made a difference through their achievements and exemplify the ability to excel in their field. Award recipients include Mayor Kim Bracey of York Pennsylvania, Patricia Coulter, President and CEO of Urban League of Philadelphia, and Ron Phillips, Senior Vice President of Comcast Cable. The conference will also feature the Most Powerful and Influential Women in Pennsylvania Awards Breakfast. The breakfast highlights high ranking female executives in various industries. These women exhibit the tenacity it takes to excel in their field of expertise. This year’s award recipients include Teresa Bryce, President of Radian Guaranty Inc., Charlene Binder, Senior Vice President of The Hershey Company, and Allison Green, Chief Diversity Officer of Lincoln Financial Group. The Conference is a wonderful opportunity for Philadelphia to celebrate its diversity and to further its dialogue. The event is being held on the campus of Drexel University in the Behrakis Grand Hall. For more information

Charlie Mack, Promoter/Activist( L), Maria Battle, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Marketing , Keystone Mercy Health Plan, and Michael Rashid, President and CEO, the AmeriHealth Mercy Family of Companies, welcomed guests to the Annual Charlie Mack Celebrity Basketball Game. The event, also featured Healthy Hoops®, an innovative, asthma education/basketball program for children sponsored by Keystone Mercy.

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Amy and Antonia from DIAGEO Distributors display Ron Zacapa Rum at the Rum on the River - Cane Spirit Festival at Octo Waterfront Grille sponsored by Rum Bar

Left to right Liz Kemp-Young, Sandy Moon-Hightower, Diane Fennell, Altamese Jackson, and Betty White stepping out at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Herbie Hancock show.

MAYOR MICHAEL A. NUTTER LAUNCHES AN EXCITING CITYWIDE INITIATIVE: THE PHILADELPHIA COLLECTION 2010 10 days of Fashion & Style, from September 23 to October 2 Mayor Michael A. Nutter today announced details of The Philadelphia Collection 2010, a series of fashion and style events that will take place across the city, from Thursday, September 23 to Saturday, October 2. The core of this new series brings together independently produced fashion events that have already been part of Philadelphia’s style calendar, and, under the umbrella of The Philadelphia Collection 2010, will be promoted together, with new events, within a cohesive marketing plan. The initiative is the result of a partnership between the Office of the City Representative, Center City District and The Philadelphia Retail Marketing Alliance. “Philadelphia is rich in talent in the fashion and retail community,” said Mayor Nutter. “Our goal is to ensure a very healthy and robust retail and design industry, while stepping up the visibility of our existing retailers and designers. We are proud to create an event in which the entire city can be involved, whether it’s retailers hosting a trunk show or panel discussion, or consumers coming out to enjoy these great events.” Retailers, boutiques, stylists, designers, modeling agencies and design schools are all represented as part of the schedule of events over the ten day series. Featured events include Phashion Phest (now in its 17th edition); Macy’s Fall Fashion Show with guest Nigel Barker; two Nicole Miller

events including an “EcoArts” event with Philadelphia’s own world-renowned architects Venturi Scott Brown & Associates; the Rittenhouse Row Fall Gathering; Boyds “La Bella Vita” event with the Italian Trade Commission; the FBH Fashion and Style Show; Ron Wilch’s “Taking the Streets” fashion show and live concert; and the Window Gallery Show at Market East showcasing student designs, with Unique Memories and TP Enterprise. “Presenting these fashion events – whether established and familiar or new and innovative – under one marketing and promotions brand, The Philadelphia Collection 2010, makes it easier for residents, consumers, and visitors to get information in one place,” said Melanie Johnson, City Representative. “Retailers and other partners will have our brochures in their stores, and a new website will be ready very soon to help people decide which events they want to attend. We’re excited about the possibilities this marketing strategy will bring to the City and to our valued retailers and area design programs.” The website can be found later in the month at Main sponsors and supporters of The Philadelphia Collection 2010 are the City of Philadelphia, the Center City District, the Philadelphia Retail Marketing Alliance, Philadelphia Style Magazine, 10 Rittenhouse Square, MY 106.1 FM, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. Additional support comes from Reinhard Model and Talent Agency, and Bart Blatstein and Tower Investments, with others pending. A complete list of all events, free movies, workshops, trunk shows, and in-store events will be available on the website listed above.


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A NEW ECONOMIC REALITY FOR A NEW DECADE Attend dynamic Information Seminars and Networking Sessions on Thursday, October 7, 2010 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Mr. Steve McKeever, Founder, CEO & Chief Creative Officer of Hidden Beach Recordings, will be keynote speaker at the 26th Annual Awards Reception Friday, October 8th 2010 6:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penns Landing Grand Ballroom 201 South Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia PA. 19106

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New Jersey News

Atlantic County Freeholder Charles Garrett (L), Harriet Diamond, Atlantic City Democratic Committee, Chair, and Michael Diamond enjoy the festivities at The Atlantic City Metropolitan Business and Citizens Association ( MBCA ) Mixer at the Chelsea Hotel

Laura Sartain and Dionicia Beck represent TIFFANY & CO., The Pier Shops at Caesars at The Atlantic City Metropolitan Business and Citizens Association (MBCA ) Mixer at the Chelsea Hotel

The Dramatics headline Summer Concert Series finale at Historic Gardner’s Basin in Atlantic City The City of Atlantic City and Atlantic City Free Public Library will bring their Summer Concert Series at Historic Gardner’s Basin to a close on Saturday, Aug. 28. The headliner for the series finale will be The Dramatics. Opening the concert, which begins at 1 p.m., will be Jackie Greggs, Motown Groove, and Lana Forrester and Friends with Johnny D'Angelo. The show is free and open to the public.

The Dramatics formed in 1962 (originally known as the Dynamics), and the group made its major breakthrough by cracking Billboard’s Top 10 for the 1971 single “Whatcha See is Whatcha Get.” The group’s biggest hit, “In the Rain,” topped the Hot Soul Singles chart for four weeks in ’72. Historic Gardner’s Basin is located at New Hampshire Avenue and the bay in Atlantic City. For more information, call the City of Atlantic City's Recreation/Community Affairs Department at (609) 347-5643.

Dennis C. Gomes, Prominent Casino Industry Leader and Visionary, Returns to Atlantic City, NJ with Purchase of Resorts Casino Hotel Gomes Gaming, Inc. announced today that it has entered into an agreement with RAC Atlantic City Holdings LLC to purchase the Resorts Casino Hotel (“Resorts”) in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Dennis C. Gomes, Founder, CEO and President of Gomes Gaming, Inc., and Aaron Gomes, Senior Vice President of Gomes Gaming Operations, have extensive experience in operating and improving results at casinos in many jurisdictions including Atlantic City. Mr. Gomes was instrumental in turning around both the Tropicana Casino and Resort and the Trump Taj Mahal located on the Atlantic City Boardwalk. Mr. Gomes started his career in law enforcement as a Division Chief with the Nevada Gaming Control Board and was later the Chief of Special Investigations

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New Jersey News

Pleasantville, N.J. Mayor, Jesse Tweedle,( L ) Beryl Tweedle, Dr. Jon Regis, Celest Abdel-Baaith, Asst. V.P. T.D. Bank , Atlantic County Freeholder Charles Garrett, Augusta Garrett enjoy the ambiance of the Chelsea Hotel at The Atlantic City Metropolitan Business and Citizens Association (MBCA) Mixer

Eric Reynolds, Vice President, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa; Phyllis Papa, Artistic Director, Atlantic City Ballet, and William A. Cradle, President, Atlantic Color Limited, Inc. networking at the The Atlantic City Metropolitan Business and Citizens Association ( MBCA ) Mixer hosted by The Chelsea Hotel

Laura Gibbons , representing Showstoppers Plus, and Vickie Pellagrino, La Pella Spa, share a smile at the The Atlantic City Metropolitan Business and Citizens Association ( MBCA ) Mixer hosted by The Chelsea Hotel Cyril Neville, of the Neville Brothers , teams up with Jumping Johnny Sansone for a free night of New Orleans music at the .Atlantic City Mardi Gras on the Boardwalk Presented by Tony Mart Photo - Lou Perri

The Temptations and The Four Tops take stage at Tropicana Casino & Resort, September 3 and 4 One of the most successful acts to record for Motown Records, The Temptations, will be performing alongside The Four Tops for an evening of unforgettable entertainment at Tropicana Casino & Resort September 3 and 4, 2010 at 9:00 p.m. Having sold tens of millions of albums, The Temptations are one of the most successful groups in music history and were the definitive male vocal group of the 1960s. The Four Tops were also an influential Motown group of the 1960s. Tickets to the September 3 and 4 Temptations and The Four Tops performance at Tropicana Casino & Resort can be purchased at the Tropicana Box Office and by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or online at Ticket prices range from $45 - $100.

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continued from page 8 Gomes Gaming, Inc. plans to return the Resorts Casino Hotel to profitability and its historic role of prominence in the Atlantic City market. “I believe in this property,” said Mr. Gomes. “It heralded the beginning of casino gaming in the East and has always had a special place in my heart. It is an exciting place with a lot of history and we are going to bring it back to life with even more energy and vitality than it possessed at its creation in 1978. I promise everyone that it will ultimately be the place to be and to be seen and will be the center of fun and excitement in our fabulous city. I have a passion for Atlantic City and believe in its future. I have disagreed with the doom and gloom analysts who have painted a bleak picture of our city. We have lost some market share because of the convenient locations of slot parlors in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New York, but in the long run, Atlantic City will prevail. It is the only resort destination on the East Coast that can offer a multitude of gaming choices combined with retail, entertainment and dining experiences in one convenient location with beautiful beaches along a magnificent ocean setting. I have a strong belief that customers who have left Atlantic City for the convenience of slot parlors closer to them will tire of that experience and return to the fun and excitement that Atlantic City has to offer.” The purchase agreement is subject to approval by the New Jersey Casino Control Commission and customary closing conditions.

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The 10th Power of Urban Radio Forum to feature top corporate marketing CEOs Kizart Media Partners (KMP) and the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters (NABOB) will host a forum of CEOs from Fortune 1000 corporations, ad agencies, media buying firms and major media companies at this year's 10th Annual Power of Urban Radio Forum (PURF) at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington, DC , Thursday, September 16, during the 40th Annual Legislative Conference of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. "It's clear from the powerful line-up of panel participants and keynote speakers that this is the most impactful Power of Urban Radio Forum to date," commented Sherman Kizart, KMP, Managing Director and founder of the PURF. "The partnership of PURF with NABOB for its Fall Management Conference makes this event a "must attend" for broadcast owners and their management and sales teams, along with advertising and other marketing professionals." Kizart added. Ken Smikle, President of Target Market News, will serve as lead moderator for the panel discussions. For further information contact NABOB at, or call 202-463-8970.

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8- Day Eastern Caribbean Cruise from New York, NY Join “VEP Associates and Friends”

Monday, September 19, 2011 After two “Fun Days” at sea, you’ll dock at Historic San Juan, Puerto Rico, once nothing more than cobblestone streets and the distinctive architecture of the Spanish who founded it, is now a modern world capital. Among the peaceful shaded courtyards and commanding colonial fortresses of El Morro and San Cristobal, you'll find a cosmopolitan city of wide boulevards, lively cafes, highly regarded galleries and designer boutiques. This is where the old world meets the new - and you can enjoy them both. The next day you’ll arrive at St. Thomas, USVI, only 32 square miles in size, pirates once roamed the alleys of this beautiful place, which now host a treasure trove of stores. But there’s more to this shopper’s Shangri-la than an international grab bag of perfume and electronics. This U.S. Virgin Island also claims one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, heart-shaped Magens Bay; a world-renowned golf course; and spectacular nightlife. You can don a snorkel to explore coral reefs bright as a wildflower meadow, or take in the amazing views on a soaring aerial tram ride to Paradise. The last The beautiful Island of Grand Turk is the capital island of the Turks and Caicos. Take the time to explore Cockburn town’s wonderful selection of historical buildings including many Bermudian and Colonial style buildings and ruins. That’s just the beginning of all the things to see and do in Grand Turk. And now, as part of a $5 million renovation to the island, the one-of-a-kind Grand Turk Cruise Center features the FlowRider, an artificial wave created for both body boarding and stand-up surfing. The FlowRider attraction is operated by Grand Turk’s Margaritaville restaurant and bar, and is currently available for all cruise ship calls at Grand Turk, including Carnival Imagination, Carnival Liberty and Carnival Triumph. Come see for yourself. This beautiful island is getting even better every you’ll enjoy one fun adventure after another.


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Micah Sims , Radio Personality, My Life 1180 am , and Michael Claiborne , Promoter , enjoying the night life at The Stomp and Clay Red Carpet event at The Kimmel Center

SUGARHOUSE CASINO ANNOUNCES CHARITY PARTNERS FOR TEST RUNS Proceeds from Historic First-Play Go to Local Nonprofits Philadelphia’s first and only casino, SugarHouse Casino, announced its partnership with four Philadelphia-based non-profit organizations for two operational test days next month. All proceeds generated from the tests will be divided equally among the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania, Fraternal Order of Police Survivor’s Fund, Greater Philadelphia Traditions Fund and The Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service & Education Center. As part of the final operational approval process by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB), the casino will conduct tests for table games and slots on September 20 and 22. During the test periods, table game and slot play is for invited guests only. The test periods will be a dress rehearsal for the 800 new workers employed by SugarHouse. Approximately 160 of the new employees will be recent graduates of the casino’s dealer school. Immediately following the conclusion of each test period, the PGCB will conduct a standard audit and verification of the casino’s processes to ensure it is ready for a public launch. Pending PGCB approval, SugarHouse Casino will officially open to the public on September 23 at 1 p.m. “We are proud to support our charity partners. Each of our partners is championing a worthy cause that benefits us all,” said Wendy Hamilton,

The Thurman Group in partnership with Palmer Theological Seminary Co-Sponsors: Faith Tabernacle Baptist Church, First Baptist Church of Wayne, Wayland Temple Baptist Church, MCCP (Metropolitan Christian Council of Philadelphia), NewCORE (New Conversation on Race and Ethnicity)

Saturday September 11, 2010 9:00am-4:00pm Palmer Seminary 6 E. Lancaster Ave.,Wynnewood, PA 19096 Donation: $30.00 (includes continental breakfast and lunch)

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HOWARD THURMAN SPEAKING PEACE AT A TIME OF WAR HOWARD THURMAN believed that personal spiritual renewal was important to the liberation process and that inward liberation was a prerequisite for social transformation. During a crucial period in the American Civil Rights Movement, he acted as an advisor, counselor and mentor to leaders within the movement. The date of this conference is important for it serves as a reminder of ideals that serve to divide us. Instead, we will dialogue on the progressive, radical, and reconciliatory ideals of this great man as he still speaks to a contemporary community. Come and share with us as we journey toward finding greater meaning in our lives. SPEAKER

Rev. Robert Lovett, Sr. Pastor, Wayland Temple Baptist Church


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CONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS Rev. Claude W. Ashe Dr. Lucille Ijoy Ron Payne James Emrich Rev. Robert J. Lovett, Sr. Dr. Mary Wade Rev. Dr. Marsha Brown Woodard . . . and others

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The 4th Annual Lancaster Ave Jazz and Arts Festival at Saunders Park was a heated blast of great "Real Jazz", family, friends and vendors. This festival supports the cultural arts and showcases local and national talents that enrich the urban community. The Jazz festival sponsored in part by Lancaster Ave 21st Century Business Association and Peoples emergency Center (PEC) are both committed to increasing opportunities and equity through out the area. Pictured here at the Jazz Festival are: Robert Kenyatta, performer, Elenor Childs, George Stevens, Paulette Adams and Glen Bryan, performer. Other music performances were given by Umar Raheem & The New York Connection, Lady Alma, Guy Ramsey, Tasha Underwood and RUH Photo: Martin Regusters

general manager of SugarHouse Casino. “As Philly’s first and only casino, we wanted to partner with organizations that directly impact Philadelphia.” A committee of SugarHouse executives, community partners and investors selected the four local groups. The final donation amount to each charity will be determined by the levels of play during the tests. Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania The NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center is dedicated to the mission of eradicating cancer by creating knowledge through research and providing compassionate care. The Abramson Cancer Center provides each patient with exemplary care through a comprehensive team approach, personalized service, education and outreach, and nationally recognized cancer research programs. Fraternal Order of Police Survivor’s Fund The Survivor’s Fund was established to remember the sacrifice of each officer we have lost and to acknowledge the sacrifice made by each of their surviving families. This fund not only pays for funeral services at the time of the tragedy, it also funds special memorial events, and helps surviving families cope with financial hardships that may arise in the years to come. Greater Philadelphia Traditions Fund Greater Philadelphia Traditions Fund was established to provide funding for the preservation of the unique cultural, historic, educational and recreational events in the City of Philadelphia and surrounding communities. The Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service & Education Center Dedicated to assisting our nation's honorably discharged veterans, The Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service & Education Center’s mission is to provide employment, training, and related educational services. The center also provides social and human services counseling to less fortunate Veterans experiencing barriers in finding their way back into the mainstream of society. Pending final approval from the PGCB, SugarHouse will open to the public with 40 table games, 1,600 slot machines, as well as fun and unique dining options. The casino will offer guests great riverside views, gaming promotions and free on-site parking. ABOUT SUGARHOUSE CASINO SugarHouse Casino, scheduled to open in September 2010, will be Philadelphia’s first casino. SugarHouse will feature nearly 1,600 slots, 40 table games, fun and unique dining options, riverside views and free on-site parking. Pending final approval from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, SugarHouse Casino will be one of 10 operating casinos in Pennsylvania and employ approximately 800 people. For more information, visit

You’ve heard about How Sweet the Sound™. Now experience it! September 17th On September 17, 2010, Verizon will bring the How Sweet The Sound™ experience to the WELLS FARGO CENTER, formerly Wachovia Center, in Philadelphia. Raise your praise hands and experience an anointing as incredible choirs and top gospel celebrities rock the house during this empowering evening that will leave you inspired and amazed. Choirs with power! Uplifting, vibrant celebrity performances. Expert commentary from judges who know and understand what it takes to make a choir come together. For the last three years, Verizon has set the stage, empowering communities to unite through the force that is gospel music! Now we want you to be a part of the 2010 How Sweet the Sound celebration! Celebrate the power and passion of praise at our live regional events with a group from your church, choir, or school. Be a part of an unforgettable evening as these choirs bring their best and share their joyous voices lifted in the unity only gospel music can bring. This Verizon experience is coming to fourteen regions in all, leading up to the Grand Finale November 13 in Washington, DC where the winning regional choirs vie for the title of Best Church Choir in America and up to $50,000 in cash and prizes. Tickets are just $5 and $7. For a complete list of regional events, participating choirs and ticket information visit online

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