Friday, September 26, 2008

Community Events & In The News

The Warrick Dunn Foundation's 6th Annual Gala:

The Warrick Dunn Foundation is holding its Sixth Annual Gala, October 13, 2008 at the Westin in Buckhead, Atlanta, 7 p.m. Dunn will be joined by former and current NFL teammates and friends for a star-studded night with one goal in mind – to raise money for a worthy cause while having a night to remember. Dunn is pictured in the photo on the right, at his 2007 gala event.

The Foundation event is open to the public and will include musical performances, a live and silent auction (including a Super Bowl XLII package), Macy’s Fashion Extravaganza and much more. Event sponsors include Aaron’s Sales and Lease, Macy’s, The Pepsi Bottling Group, Grey Goose, 7 For All Mankind, Peachtree TV, V-103 The People’s Station and 92.9 davefm.

Established in 2002, the Foundation is dedicated to providing opportunities for economically-disadvantaged single parents and children who have demonstrated a commitment to achieve financial independence and stability.

Prior to the creation of his Foundation, Dunn started HOMES FOR THE HOLIDAYS in 1997 as a tribute to his mother, a Baton Rouge police officer, who was killed in the line of duty. As a single mother of six, Betty Smothers worked tirelessly to achieve the American dream of owning her own home; however, she was never able to realize that dream.

Through Homes for the Holidays, Dunn has been able to honor her memory. To date, the program has assisted 78 single parents and 205 children and dependents to achieve first-time homeownership in Tampa and Tallahassee, Fla; Atlanta, Ga and Dunn's hometown of Baton Rouge, La. In 2007, the program expanded its efforts to include single-fathers.

For additional information and to purchase tickets visit {Thanks Ashley}

Another NFL player in the news helping families achieve the homeownership dream is Jarvis Green, a native of Donaldsonville, LA and player for the New England Patriots. Today at 11 am in New Orleans, Green will visit a family that received $25,000 from the Jarvis Green Foundation to purchase a new home after their old home was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. The mission of Green's foundation is to provide income support to single working mothers with at least 2 children that has experienced a loss. For more information, visit

::In The News::
The NY Times article 'An Urban Farmer Is Rewarded for His Dream' highlights farmer Will Allen, a 2008 recipient of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's $500,000 Genius Fellowship. Allen's Growing Power organization grows fresh affordable meat, produce and fish in the Milwaukee and Chicago areas - areas in which the article states " the only access to food is corner grocery stories filled with beer, cigarettes and processed foods." A quote from the article:

“I am a farmer first, and I love to grow food for people,” Mr. Allen said. “But it’s also about growing power. We grow relationships first; otherwise, nothing else makes sense. The movement I am part of is growing food and justice, and to make sure that everyone in the world has access to healthy food.”

In addition to his organization's main headquarters in Milwaukee, other locations include a garden at the Cabrini-Green housing project and urban farms in Grant and Jackson Parks in Chicago. Read full article here. Photo: Darren Hauck for The New York Times

Earvin 'Magic' Johnson with Nicole Garnier-Cosme (left) and Morris Reid of Westin Rinehart (right), at the launch of Magic Workforce Solutions on September 23, 2008 in NYC. Magic Workforce Solutions is a staffing service for companies committed to building a diverse workforce. On the web:


In the current issue of GOOD, an online and print magazine, writer Adam Matthews profiles Ward Connerly and his state-by-state campaign to end racial quotas in higher education. Discover why this black man born in the Jim Crow South is crusading to end affirmative action. And while his critics accuse him of trying to “resegregate higher education in America”, his supporters praise him for championing the idea of a post-racial society. Read article here.