Friday, July 31, 2009

NFLer Encourages Youth to "Go Green"

NFLer Ovie Mughelli (3rd from right) with guests at the ‘Art of Intrigue’ event, Saturday, July 11, 2009 in Atlanta benefiting the Ovie Mughelli Foundation
NFler Ovie Mughelli of the Baltimore Ravens has a new focus. Through his Ovie Mughelli Foundation, he is helping youth to ‘go green’ and become environmentally friendly. Dubbed the eco-athlete, Mughelli hosted his fourth annual free football clinic on July 17-18 at Garrett High School in North Charleston, South Carolina with the motto, “Our Future is Green.” In addition to working with students aged eight to seventeen on various drills and skill improvement techniques that will help them on the field, the camp featured an environmental theme. He shares, “Children and their developments have always fascinated me and the earth they will inherit from us is important to me. I wish the children, irrespective of their economic or social backgrounds, to walk away with a wealth of information that will improve their lives.”

He has partnered with eco-crusader, Lauren Turner-Seydel on various projects and has made environmental issues a large part of his community outreach. He also participated in the 2009 Go Green Expo in Atlanta, GA.

Just prior to his football camp, Mughelli along with Lamborghini Atlanta hosted the ‘Art of Intrigue’ event on Saturday, July 11, 2009 in Atlanta. The invitation only event raised funds and awareness for his foundation. Guests indulged in the finest cigars, exotic cars and Seraphin Cognac, an event sponsor.

“We’re ridding the stereotypes about environmentalists only being rich,” Mughelli shares in an article. “They have to understand why it is important for them to care about the environment. It can really benefit them to take responsibility and not just for their health, but because going green is the future and a lot of jobs will be focused on the environment.”

For more information about the Ovie Mughelli Foundation on supporting current and future programs, please email

Source: D4SM
Photo source: Catherine Tolbert via Garner Circle PR

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Big Boi's Big Kidz Foundation Kicks off Summer Camp for Atlanta Youth

Grammy Award winning Outkast member, Antwan “Big Boi” Patton’s nonprofit organization,the Big Kidz Foundation, is partnering with the nationally recognized youth development program “Moving in the Spirit” to offer a two week long summer camp for Atlanta’s urban communities.

“Most camps end two weeks before school starts leaving our youth with a lot of idle time. We aim to fill that much needed void,” explained Chris McCord, Director of Men in Motion, Moving in the Spirit. Moving in the Spirit programs use dance as a vehicle to educate, inspire and unite diverse populations of young people in Atlanta’s urban communities. In its 22 year history, Moving in the Spirit has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades, including the national Coming Up Taller Award, presented by the former President Bush’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities (2005).

This summer starting July 27, 2009 through August 6, 2009, The Big Kidz Foundation has merged their Big Voice Program- a debate/speech program designed to help young people become better listeners, improve presentation skills, increase leadership potential and increase self confidence, with Moving in the Spirit’s “Rhyme and Reason” curriculum, created by a 16 year old participant. The program will use speech club techniques coupled with music and movement.

“My goal is to touch as many youth as I can and hopefully change their lives for forever,” says Big Boi.

Founded in 2006, the Big Kidz Foundation's mission is to nurture the intellect of youth by providing culturally diverse experiences in the field of humanities, while enhancing their leadership abilities and creating socially-conscious individuals.

The Summer Finale Performance is Friday August 6, 2009, 7:00pm at Moving in the Spirit, 750 Glenwood Avenue SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

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Source: Big Kidz Foundation

Photo: The Artist Agency

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Project MuszEd: Former R&B Keyboardist Creates Music Education Program

In 2005, Charyn Harris, the former keyboardist for R&B legend Barry White and a graduate of the Berklee College of Music, founded Project MuszEd, a non profit organization that provides free and low cost music instruction, instruments and opportunities for financially challenged and under-served youth in Los Angeles. She was inspired to create the program to support youth who wanted to play an instrument or to sing, but didn’t have the financial means to pursue it.

She shares about the youth, “Some were told that they wouldn't amount to much and many were used to having their dreams crushed. I too, faced many challenges, so I could identify with them. I was told that I would never make it in the music industry, but by learning to believe in myself, staying focused and determined, I was able to have a wonderful career doing something that I loved. I wanted to let these kids know that if I could do it, they can too. It didn't matter where they lived or how much money they did or did not have. I became dedicated to finding whatever resources I could to support them.”

Since its founding, the program has been very successful. Harris teaches the youth piano, voice, and theory and performance musicianship, and she personally called her associates in the music industry to arrange career day clinics for her students. To date, Project MuszEd has raised funding for instructors, tuition support, instruments, and has provided instruction to over 150 students. Harris soon began receiving calls from other families that heard about the program. As a result, she started to expand to serve as many youth as possible. Project MuszEd now manages the music program of a youth center, A Place Called Home, located in South Los Angeles.

Among their successes include raising funds for 14 youth to attend a summer program at Berklee College of Music in Boston (five of their students will be attending Berklee, and two on full four year scholarships), raised money to help send one of their students to sing at Carnegie Hall, and opening for the pop group the Black Eyed Peas at their PeaPod Benefit. Other performers they have worked with include The Isley Brothers, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and others.

Harris shares, “It gives me great joy to help youth and families that are truly committed to music education. Whether it is giving a student violin lessons that her family cannot afford or placing an instrument with another student, we are giving something that is priceless as well as encouraging. These kids have now learned that they can achieve whatever they want through commitment and dedication. They also learn the value of giving back. Many of the older students are now serving as mentors, volunteers and teachers. I am happy to say that many of the students who never thought they would go to college are now attending with the confidence of having a brighter future.”

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Keyaron Fox Foundation Celebrates Launch with Family Fun Day

NFLer Keyaron Fox, #57 for the Pittsburgh Steelers shares, “With all the attention that winning the Super Bowl has brought in this past year, I could not think of a better time to launch the Keyaron Fox Foundation and begin to start raising awareness for the funding needs of our local parks and recreational facilities. These parks and recreational facilities are touching the youth in our communities 365 days a year.”

On Saturday, July 25, 2009, Fox celebrated the launch of his new foundation with his “Will of Steel Family Fun Day.” The event was held at Welcome All Park in College Park, Georgia and began with an athletic camp for the boys, and a cheerleading camp for the girls. After a morning of training, the children were treated to an afternoon of games, music, food, and live performances from the AND1 Streetballers, the Vistoso Bosses (Interscope Records), and Kids Gym USA. Special appearances were made by NFL constituents Eric Henderson (Cincinnati Bengals) and Sean Jones (Philadelphia Eagles).

Fox leads the children in their warm-ups before running drills.

Kadijah of the Atlanta Spirit taught the girls a cheerleading routine during their camp.

Fox presented South Fulton Park officials with a check towards a new football field on behalf of the foundation, that will be matched by the NFL. Over 400 kids came out to participate, along with the community, Steelers fans, and families benefiting from the renovation of the new football field.

The Foundation would like to thank the event sponsors: Cartoon Network, 790 the Zone, P.I.T.T. athletic camp, Fulton Country Parks and Recreation, Smoothie King, AEIM Fitness, the Atlanta Explosion, Coca-Cola, and Dunkin Donuts. The Keyaron Fox foundation is committed to encouraging children to succeed through the support of local parks and recreation facilities. For more information, visit the website at
Photo credit: Catherine Tolbert

Tom Joyner Foundation Announces Support for HIV/AIDS and HBCUs

Nationally syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner (pictured in photo with his wife Donna Richardson Joyner) created the Tom Joyner Foundation in 1998 to support Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). To date, the foundation has raised over $55 million, helping 40 colleges and thousands of deserving students. Two recent initiatives of the foundation are HIV/AIDS awareness, and support for two HBCUs:

Tom Joyner Foundation to Distribute $510,000 Grant to Promote HIV/AIDS and Substance Abuse Awareness
The Tom Joyner Foundation will help promote awareness on HIV/AIDS and substance abuse at six black colleges as part of a $510,000 federal grant. Each HBCU will receive $85,000 from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration Center for Substance Abuse Prevention's (SAMHSA/CSAP) Minority Education Institution Initiative. The agency will be responsible for conducting the HIV and substance abuse awareness projects.

The following campuses will be participating this year: Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, TX; Southern University of Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge, LA; Howard University, Washington, DC; Virginia Union University, Richmond, VA; and Savannah State University, Savannah, GA.

“HIV/AIDS and substance abuse are issues that can not be ignored,” said Tom Joyner, whose four-hour drive-time show is heard in 115 markets and heard by more than eight million listeners. “We want to keep our students at black colleges fully informed about all aspects of life – not just what they learn in class.”

Since the partnership started in 2005, Beverly Watts Davis, senior advisor of SAMHSA/CSAP, said that more than 15,000 students have been tested, and more than 970 students have become peer educators. "Getting tested for HIV/AIDS should be a part of everyone's standard care," Davis added.

Tom Joyner Foundation to Share Proceeds of Book Sales with Lincoln University in Pennsylvania and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore
The Foundation's book, "Tom Joyner Presents: How to Prepare for College", is supporting the alma maters of the authors - Wil and Thomas LaVeist. A portion of the book sales will benefit two black colleges: Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne, Maryland.

Released earlier this year, the book is filled with easy to read, easy to understand lessons that can help make the path to college a little easier. The book features useful advice on several subjects, including a step-by-step guide for elementary school and beyond, HBCU v. non-HBCU: Which is the right for me?, the admission process, paying for a college tuition, the financial aid process, financial aid myths, staying in college, preparing for life after college, giving back, a list of HBCUs, and useful websites/organizations for scholarships/grants.

The book, published by Joyner’s Foundation and Amber Books Inc., can be ordered now through and Chain stores (Barnes and Noble, Borders, Wal-Mart, Sam’s, etc.), can make special orders through Independent Publishers Group until September 2009, when the title will be officially released (published) nationwide.


Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Metroboard of the Chicago Urban League Hosts Financial Literacy Seminar with Mellody Hobson

The Metropolitan Board (Metroboard) of the Chicago Urban League is a group of young professionals who are the future leaders of Chicago. Founded in 1983 to support the ideals and goals of the National Urban League movement in Chicago, the group has an impressive service mission with over 7,000 hours of community service performed by its members within the past three years. The membership group is comprised of over 250 young professionals who have answered the call of service.

The Metroboard along with new board president Angela D. Brooks are pleased to announce that Mellody Hobson, President of Ariel Investments, LLC, a Chicago based money management firm, will serve as guest speaker at their upcoming monthly general body meeting to discuss planning for our futures through investment and retirement. The meeting will be held on Thursday, August 13, 2009, 6:30 p.m. at the Chicago Urban League (4510 S. Michigan Avenue).

Ms. Hobson has become a nationally recognized voice on financial literacy and investing. She is a regular financial contributor on ABC's Good Morning America, as well as a spokesperson for the annual Ariel/Schwab Black Investor Survey.

She is a director of three public companies: Dreamworks Animation SKG, The Estee Lauder Companies, Inc, and the Starbucks Corporation. She is on the Board of Governors of the Investment Company Institute and a former trustee of Princeton University. She has been featured in numerous publications and financial focused television shows. Ms. Hobson graduated from the Woodrow Wilson School of International Relations and Public Policy at Princeton University.

Most recently featured on the ABC TV Special, Unbroke: What You Need to Know About Money, Ms. Hobson and a host of Hollywood celebrities provided an unconventional way of looking at the basics of everyday finance. Many of us are wading through unchartered territory during these tough economic times. Hobson's insight is what many young professionals are in dire need of. You won't want to miss this opportunity. This event is free and open to all Metroboard members, prospective members and guests.

For more information and to join the Metroboard, visit

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Songs of Solomon: An Inspirational Ensemble, Inc.

Chantel Renee Wright, a native of Chicago, is an award winning choral conductor with an impressive resume. Her career has taken her to Atlanta, where she served as a music educator for Dekalb County Public Schools, and to New York, as the Artistic Director of the Queens Symphony Orchestra Youth Gospel Choir, and the Director of the Girls Choir of Harlem. In 2001, Chantel branched out on her own to create Songs of Solomon: An Inspirational Ensemble, Inc. The Harlem, NY based non profit youth music ensemble offers a safe haven for youth ages 13-21 to help them build academic success and enhance social skills, while participating in civic activities and leadership development training.

The ensemble tours nationally and internationally, and performs a challenging repertoire which consists of African American spirituals, anthems, traditional/contemporary gospel, and inspirational music, while simultaneously preserving the integrity of music reflective of the African Diaspora. They have also backed major performers, including, Ciara, Earth, Wind and Fire, Anita Baker, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Mary J. Blige, Kelly Clarkson, Fantasia, Ruben Studdard, Elton John and others.

Currently, the ensemble is in Los Angeles to perform at a Legacy Event fundraiser to benefit the Tuskegee Airmen, Tomorrow's Aeronautical Museum (TAM) and Kimberly Anyadike, the youngest African-American female to pilot an airplane transcontinentally at age 15 in honor of the Tuskegee Airmen. The event will be held on Saturday, July 25th at the World War II aviation themed Proud Bird restaurant in Los Angeles, with Dr. Mae Jemison, NASA's first African American female astronaut, as the keynote speaker. Songs of Solomon is proud to be supporting the Tuskegee Airmen and TAM. The historical event will bring together mavericks, trailblazers, fellow youth and significant figures who help to globally educate and empower mankind.

The event will raise funds for the Tuskegee Airmen Scholarship Fund and TAM, who sponsored the youth ensemble's 10-day trip. TAM provides aviation scholarships for young aspiring pilots and at-risk youth and has enabled five kids to set ten world records in aviation. TAM offers after-school educational programs, gang and drug intervention, life skills, a safe haven and many other activities designed as an alternative to self-destructive behaviors.

Also, Songs of Solomon is looking forward to experiencing LA's cultural/film/music industry happenings beyond their prescheduled music conference itinerary. They have a wish-list during their LA visit that includes for an afternoon or evening worship service; attending television show tapings; visiting television/film/music studios; meeting Los Angeles area residents/civic leaders; singing at a special event; going to a red carpet, film premiere; and, enjoying a Dodgers game. If you would like to help make their LA trip a memorable one, or would like to book an appearance, contact Chuck Garrett at PUMP, cg[at]

For more information on the Legacy Event on July 25th, contact Fontaine or Debra at 310-618-1155 to purchase tickets. Tickets can also be purchased at

Visit HERE to learn more about these talented youth.

Monday, July 20, 2009

It's Girls Time!

These adorable young ladies attending the 2009 Essence Festival in New Orleans this past July 4th weekend inspired me to revisit previous posts on all things about girls! Check out the posts below:

Tracy Wilson Mourning's HONEY SHINE PROGRAMFounded in 2002 by NBA legend Alonzo Mourning's wife, the Miami based program's vision is to empower young girls to shine as women.

Tracy Wilson Mourning Hosts 6th Annual Hats Off Luncheon (View HERE)
Honey Shine Hosts Talent Show with Deborah Cox and Christina Milian (View HERE)
Honey Shine Mentoring Program Celebrates 2007-2008 Program Year (View HERE)

Terri J. Vaughn's TAKE WINGS FOUNDATIONFounded by actress Terri J. Vaughn in 1997, the foundation aims to build the self-esteem of at-risk girls 13-18 in the San Francisco Bay area. Read about it HERE.

Rozanda "Chilli" Thomas of the pop group
TLC Hosts a Day of Pampering for Atlanta Girls. Take a look at the fun filled day HERE.

Atlanta Radio Personality Rashan Ali founded SPORTY GIRLS to expose African American girls to non traditional sports such as swimming, soccer, golf and tennis. Read about it HERE.

Looking for a curriculum in working with girls? Check out the Free to Be Me Social Butterflies program and curriculum HERE.

Read about the Black Doll Affair HERE, a group of philanthropic women who give black dolls to black girls at Christmas.

Television journalist Shaun Robinson authors book for today's girls, 'Exactly As I Am.' Read about it HERE.

A report released this year shows sources of resilience and strength for Black girls in NYC. (View HERE)

Check out these blogs and website for girls!
Afropuffs and Ponytails:
Teen Diaries:
Have any organizations, programs or websites to add? Let me know! Leave it in the comment section below.

Photo: Wireimage

Photos of the Day

Tennis champions Serena and Venus Williams pose with Nelson Mandela's daughter Zindzi Mandela and grandson Zondwa Mandela as they accept the 2009 Arthur Ashe Courage Award on Nelson Mandela's behalf at the 17th Annual ESPY Awards, held July 15, 2009 in Los Angeles.

The Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation celebrated 10 years this past Saturday, July 18, 2009 with a garden party benefit at the private estate of Russell Simmons (left) in East Hampton, New York. Actress and singer Vanessa Williams (center) was among the honorees along with philanthropist Sheila C. Johnson and Target. Pictured on the right is Danny Simmons.

Two subjects of the documentary Prom Night in Mississippi, Chasidy Buckley and Jessica Shivers, attend the HBO screening on July 16, 2009 in NYC.

About the film: In 1997, Academy Award–winning actor Morgan Freeman offered to pay for the senior prom at Charleston High School in Mississippi under one condition: the prom had to be racially integrated. His offer was ignored. In 2008, Freeman offered again. This time the school board accepted, and history was made. Charleston High School had its first-ever integrated prom—in 2008! The documentary premieres July 20th on HBO. (Source: Sundance Festival)
Visit the website at for a sneak preview.

Here's a photo from CNN's Anderson Cooper's blog of Soledad O'Brien with youth participants from the Journey for Change program, founded by Malaak Compton Rock, wife of comedian Chris Rock. The youth traveled to South Africa and their journey will be featured on CNN's Black in America 2, premiering on July 22 and 23rd at 8pm. Youth pictured in the photo: Steven Pallares, Zuliana Burnett, Sayris Pallares, Sadara Lewis, Queen Clyde, Mariah Ralph, Soledad O’Brien, Imaan Williams, Yolaine Calixte, Jenee Lawson, Sydney Smart, Daisa Carr. Joshua Hall on the floor. Visit the blog HERE to read how the trip changed them. (Photo:

Here's a photo sent in by BlackGivesBack reader Nellie Bogar of Nellie's Youth Village, a non profit after school and summer program located in Walton Beach, Florida. Since 1999, they have served over 600 youth in the community. The theme for the organization's 10 year anniversary is “The Fitness Kids…Getting’ our bodies and minds in shape!” The entire year is dedicated to educating the children and their families on the advantages of daily exercise and proper nutrition.
Nellie shares that their organization has been chosen as a community site to combat childhood obesity through the We Can! program, a national public education program from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to help prevent overweight and obesity among youth ages 8-13.

With the generous support of the local community, which included 3,000 square feet of donated program space by Pastor Larry Boldin and the Striving for Perfection Ministries in Ft. Walton Beach, Fl, the organization was able to provide 30 low-income youth with full scholarships to attend their summer camp. On August 15th, the youth will perform a free musical production entitled America's Next Top Fitness Kid. For more information, contact the Founder/Director Nellie Bogar at njbogar[at] or visit their website at

Singer/actress Beyonce poses with the Chicago Childrens Choir at the Show Your Helping Hand Campaign Press Conference at the United Center on July 17, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois.

Photos: Wireimage unless where indicated

Upcoming Event: NFL Player Early Doucet to Host Autograph Fundraiser

Early Doucet of the Arizona Cardinals founded the Early Doucet 980 Foundation to inspire young people to take responsibility for their future by reducing their “at risk” status and allowing mentors to take an active role in assisting them to reach their goals.

Consolidated Sports Management and Early Doucet are hosting an Autograph Spectacular. Proceeds from this event will benefit future events sponsored by the Early Doucet 980 Foundation.

Joining Early will be former Dallas Cowboy Leon Lett, former TNA and WWE wrestler Jackie Haas, Kansas City Chief 1st Round draft pick Tyson Jackson, Arizona Cardinal LB Ali Highsmith, Glenn Dorsey and Tyson Jackson of the Kansas City Chiefs and Quinn Johnson of the Green Bay Packers.

WHEN: Saturday, July 25, 2009, 10AM to 3PM
WHERE: Crowne Plaza Hotel, 4728 Constitution Ave., Baton Rouge, LA
Admission is $5

For information on the event, please contact David Thomas with Consolidated Sports Management (800) 785-2915 or visit the website

Friday, July 17, 2009

Thurgood Marshall College Fund Raises Over 100 Million in Support of HBCUs

Thurgood Marshall College Fund Releases 2008 Annual Report- Surpasses the $100 Million Mark in Cumulative Fundraising, Creating More Opportunities for Students to Earn their Degrees

In its 22-year history, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), named for the late U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice, has raised over 100 million dollars for leadership development, programmatic and capacity support, and scholarships supporting more than 12,000 students and alumni of public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), six law schools in 22 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Fund's 2008 annual report highlights their growth in fundraising, and is now available online. The demand for assistance from TMCF and its partners grew exponentially during 2008 as the economic recession deepened, and families struggling with increased unemployment and less income found it even more difficult to afford college tuition and related expenses.

“Our success in 2008 demonstrates that donors recognize the important role TMCF plays in supporting America’s youth. Donor’s dug deep, and continue to give, as they understand the needs are greater,” said Dwayne Ashley, President and Chief Executive Officer, who recently celebrated his 10-year anniversary leading the organization.

TMCF focuses on five core competencies. These include: Creating opportunities for students and alumni through leadership development, an E-learning platform providing free leadership courses to all students, career preparation-connecting students to jobs and internships, scholarship funding, and providing research and training opportunities to staff and faculty at member universities.

This past spring, TMCF brought 130 high school and college students from across the country to Washington, D.C. for its Annual Civic Responsibility Conference and Student Advocacy Days. The 3-day events immerse minority students into the various careers available within Federal civil service and public service. In addition to visiting Capitol Hill, they visited the State Department, the Washington Navy Yard, and met with the new Secretary of the Department of Energy, Dr. Steven Chu, who is a distinguished scientist and co-winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1997. In the photo above, HBCU students from Texas are pictured visiting the offices of Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee with TMCF CEO Dwayne Ashley and Dr. Pierre Wright. In the top photo, HBCU students from Florida visit the offices of Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-FL).

TMCF also received a 4-star rating in 2008 for the second consecutive year by Charity Navigator, the largest independent evaluator of charities in the United States.

To view the annual report and for more information, visit the website at
Source: TMCF

Thursday, July 16, 2009

South Carolina Youth Partners with Walmart to Create School Supply Program

You may remember Ty’Sheoma Bethea, a junior high school student from South Carolina who was recognized by President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for writing a letter to her congressman about the poor learning conditions at her school. Inspired by Bethea’s efforts, retail giant Walmart has announced its “Write to Change the Classroom” program to provide school supplies to classrooms across the nation:

"In February, a letter from a 14-year-old girl to her congressman resulted in recognition from President Obama and a beautifully re-supplied classroom for eighth-grader Ty'Sheoma Bethea and her classmates. Walmart was watching. Today, the retailer is inviting teachers, parents and students to write their own letters for the opportunity to have their classrooms re-supplied this coming school year. Eager to deliver help to other classrooms, Bethea will participate as a judge for the program along with a panel of educators.

The "Write to Change the Classroom" program will award 20 teachers with $4,000 in classroom school supplies to help make a difference in students' lives and further a cause that began with one courageous letter.

The "Write to Change the Classroom" program is a natural extension of the efforts expressed by Ty'Sheoma Bethea of J.V. Martin Junior High School in South Carolina. With a carefully crafted letter and a lot of determination, her voice was heard as she detailed the dilapidated state of her school's current learning conditions. As a result, a movement began, a student's life was changed and a community was united.

Entrants can submit their 500-words-or-less letter at outlining their school supply needs (e.g. basic educational materials, classroom furniture, technology, etc.) and explaining how these materials will be used throughout the school year. Supply needs might include everything from new computers, to replacing aging, broken or depleted classroom supplies. All entrants must be at least 18 years of age. Any state-accredited elementary (K-6), junior high (7-8) and senior high (9-12) and traditional school is eligible to receive the supplies. The call for entries period will run from July 14 through July 24, 2009.

For more information regarding the Walmart "Write to Change the Classroom" program, please visit"

Wow, see what one person can do?

Source: WalMart press release/PRNewswire

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

MGM Grand and R&B Icon Usher Give Detroit Youth a 'New Look' on Life

Via Press Release: At the break of dawn on Monday, July 13th 2009, 18 enthusiastic Detroit metro area youth assembled at MGM Grand Detroit to begin a journey that they hope will give them a “New Look” on life. By midday, they will have landed in Atlanta, settling in at Emory University to begin a two-week experience that could change the course of their lives.

Camp New Look is sponsored by R&B Icon Usher Raymond IV to empower youth from underserved communities across the country, developing the skills they will need to pursue careers in the sports and entertainment business. This trip marks the first year youth from the Detroit metro area have been able to participate in this camp, joining 125 youth from across the United States.

“I have known about this camp for two years, but wasn’t sure how to get there,” said first time attendee Taylor Hopkins, 18, who will attend Wayne State University in the fall for Mass Communications and Journalism. “I am ecstatic.”

This opportunity was made possible by MGM Grand Detroit, which hosted a red carpet fundraiser for Usher’s New Look Foundation, the organization that sponsors the camp. MGM Grand Detroit President and Chief Operating Officer Lorenzo Creighton serves on the foundation’s board, and wanted Detroit area youth to be able to take part in this life-altering experience. As a result of the fundraiser last year, Detroit youth are participating in this camp free of charge.

“As a board member, I knew firsthand, how impactful this camp has been on young people from across the country,” Creighton said. “As a member of this community, I knew that there were many young people deserving of this opportunity which offers a new perspective on the entertainment industry and a jumpstart on gaining experience.”

Hopkins was referred to the camp by Communities in Schools based at Southeastern High School of Technology. Hopkins studied Mass Media for Mass Communications at Golightly as well.

“I have been working in TV and radio studios in school, but I am excited to learn a lot more,” she said. “Ever since I was a kid, I have had a camera in my hand – I was hooked – and now I want to accomplish things I have never accomplished before.”

Each year during Camp New Look, young people are brought from across the country to Atlanta for a two-week residential camp that exposes them to service and social entrepreneurship principles and teaches them both hard and soft business skills. With this knowledge and a renewed commitment to giving back, the youth receive the power to return to their communities and serve.

“We believe that we have some of the best and the brightest the Detroit Metro Area has to offer,” said Dee Dee McKinney Odom, MGM Grand Detroit Director of Community Affairs. “We hope that this experience instills in each of them a sense of service to their community, as well as provide them with hard skills to be used towards successful careers.”

All of the youth were referred by several MGM Grand Detroit community partner organizations. Tyler Franklin, 12, was referred by Youth Connection, and her mom, Yvette Franklin of Macomb Township is eternally grateful.

“I am so thrilled for her and all of the children,” said mother Franklin. “Big kudos to MGM Grand Detroit for everything they are doing for these kids – it leaves me speechless. I think this is a great way of giving back to the community.”

The Gidewon Foundation Hosts Annual Party for a Cause Ball: “An Evening Under the Stars”

Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin (2nd from left), Georgia State Senator Kasim Reed (right) and guests

ATLANTA, GA – On Saturday, July 11, 2009, the Gidewon Foundation hosted its annual Party for a Cause Ball. The invitation-only event was held at the Atlanta attraction and beautiful Fernbank Museum of Natural History.

The night was full of sophistication and elegance. Themed as “An Evening under the Stars,” over 500 guests enjoyed an evening like no other filled with great music and a live band performed by the Georgia Perimeter Wind Ensemble, dancing, hors’doeurves, an open-bar and the night’s popular Harlem Nights Casino Room.

“The event was a grand success. It was nice to have the people that support our cause come out and celebrate with us. We started the Gidewon Foundation years ago to help serve our local community and its nights like this that reminds us that we are not alone in our mission,” states Michael Gidewon of the Gidewon Foundation.

The Party for a Cause Ball was created solely to promote awareness about giving back to the community. This annual event combines a great social atmosphere with a charitable cause. All proceeds are given to support a selected local and/or national non-profit organization. This year's event supported the launching of the Grant D Knowledge Foundation, an organization founded by Seattle Seahawks cornerback/safety Deon Grant. The Grant D Knowledge Foundation aims to revitalize communities by improving the quality of life for at-risk and underprivileged youth.

Gidewon Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 organization founded in late 2004 whose mission is to help improve the quality of life for local youth and those who are homeless. The foundation focuses on educational and societal issues, and community revitalization. The goal of the foundation is to provide financial support and joint ventures through partnerships, which promote initiatives that combat homelessness and improve their network of resources and to assist underprivileged children in attaining their educational goals.

Deon Grant of the Seattle Seahawks, Founder of Grant D Knowledge Foundation and Alex Gidewon; Devyne Stephens and Guest

Grant D Knowledge Foundation provides philanthropic support and grants to nonprofit organizations that provide community based support services that address the immediate needs of at-risk children. Accordingly, beneficiaries include nonprofit organizations that enhance the opportunities for our youth to rise to their highest potential; organizations that provide, among other things, educational enrichment (tutoring), mentoring, sports recreation, access to technology, leadership training programs, and academic scholarships.

Attendees included supporters of the Gidewon Group, the Gidewon Foundation, the Grant D Knowledge Foundation, corporate partners and an array of guests from the Atlanta community. Notable attendees included Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, Georgia State Senator Kasim Reed, Attorney Charles Mathis, Deon Grant of the Seattle Seahawks (NFL), Charles Grant of the New Orleans Saints (NFL), Kandi Burruss of the Real Housewives of Atlanta and former member of Xscape, Chaka Zula CEO of Disturbing the Peace Records, Abou (Bu) Thia CEO of Konvict Music, Devyne Stephens CEO of Upfront Entertainment, Manny Halley CEO of Imani Entertainment and manager of Keyshia Cole, Interscope Recording Artist Verse Simmons, and female rappers Rasheeda and Diamond.

Michael Gidewon, Michael's son, Shirley Franklin and Alex Gidewon

For more information on the Gidewon Foundation, please visit or contact Crystal Betts at 770-235-2192 or cbetts[at]

Photo Credit:
Source: 5 Star Relations LLC

Monday, July 13, 2009

Aaron Maybin Foundation Hosts First Annual 'Kings & Queens All White Affair'

Via Press Release: Celebrities and athletes of local and national renown alike came out in support of the Aaron Maybin and Liris Crosse First Annual Kings & Queens All White Affair to benefit the Aaron Maybin Foundation in Baltimore, MD on Friday, July 3, 2009. Co-hosts Aaron Maybin (first-round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft to the Buffalo Bills) and actress and supermodel Liris Crosse looked regal in their all-white attire as they greeted guests at an invitation-only pre-event VIP reception at Sweet Tooth Dessert Shop. Liris dressed for the event in a stunning gown provided by Jovani, and both co-hosts were draped in diamonds by Rafaello & Co.

Enveloped in an intimate candle-lit terrace filled with food provided by Forum Caterers, specialty cocktails and well-wishers, the co-hosts addressed their special guests, sponsors and close friends with heartfelt thanks and appreciation for their support.

Liris Crosse and Aaron Maybin

Promptly at the conclusion of the reception, a caravan of chauffeured stretch limousines arrived to escort VIP guests and celebrities to the Bourbon Street Ballroom, an elegant 3 level venue situated in downtown Baltimore, where they were greeted by press and other supporters – Rohan Marley, Hip-Hop MySpace Records artist Bossman, NFL Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jameel McClain, Gabriel “The Jeweler” Jacobs with Rafaello & Co., NFL Tennessee Titans center Jason Murphy, NFL Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Lonnie Harvey, retired NFL linebacker for the Washington Redskins and New York Giants and 3-time Pro Bowler LaVar Arrington, retired NFL wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles Antonio Freeman, and point guard for the NBA’s Washington Wizards Juan Dixon - who came out to hit the red carpet.

Proceeds from this event will go toward future programs from the Aaron Maybin Foundation. Both Aaron Maybin and Liris Crosse are dedicated to serving the needs of underprivileged and at risk-youth in the Baltimore, MD community.

For more information about the event and the Aaron Maybin Foundation please visit

Photo credit: Getty Images/Abby Brack and Anthony Artis

Friday, July 10, 2009

Magic Johnson Foundation Kicks Off Annual Leadership Conference for Students

Earvin 'Magic' Johnson and the Magic Johnson Foundation Give Students their 'Blueprint for Success' at Annual Leadership Conference

Via Press Release: Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Chairman and Founder of the Magic Johnson Foundation (MJF) will kickoff the Foundation's annual Taylor Michaels Scholarship Program Life Skills Leadership Conference in Los Angeles this weekend with a keynote address to the 150 deserving scholarship students attending. They come from all around the country anticipating the four-day program that promises to educate, entertain and empower. The Taylor Michaels Scholarship Program (TMSP) was implemented to subsidize education expenses for college bound students who show exemplary scholastic achievement but are stifled by their socio-economic condition.

"We are extremely passionate about our students in the Program and their well being, and we work on a daily basis to provide them with the necessary tools for success," said Towalame Austin, President of the Magic Johnson Foundation. To date, the program has supported 300 students. In addition to providing financial support to scholarship recipients, the TMSP offers a mentoring and internship program that prepares each Scholar for the workplace and post graduation. With this year's theme, "Your Blueprint for Success," the Foundation continues on with their tradition to prepare Scholars for academic success, career paths and life in general.

During the highly-anticipated four days, the Foundation will host a series of seminars. On Friday, July 10th, the Scholars will be a part of a Financial Park simulation to better assist them with budgeting while preparing them to enter into the "real" world. On Saturday, July 11th, they will participate in a Brother 2 Brother/Sister 2 Sister workshop, which will offer an open forum for them to candidly talk about personal life issues and the challenges they face as young men and women. The Foundation will also partner with UCLA's Make Art/Stop AIDS program as an encouragement for students to learn more about the disease through the arts. MJF has tested over 30,000 people through their "I Stand With Magic" Campaign (a partnership with Abbott) to end Black HIV/AIDS.

On Sunday, July 12th, the Magic Johnson Foundation will host the Scholar Recognition Brunch. The brunch will celebrate the Taylor Michaels Scholars 2009 graduating class and recognize their significant achievements, along with welcoming 20 new students to the program. The four days will conclude on Monday, July 13th with a Life Post College seminar for graduating seniors during the day and a Sponsor Reception in the evening to thank all the corporate sponsors who made the Conference possible this year through their commitment to support the mission of the Magic Johnson Foundation. Those sponsors include: FedEx, Dell, Best Buy, American Airlines, Mercedes Benz and Global Consumer Innovation.

About the Magic Johnson Foundation: The Magic Johnson Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization, was established in 1991 to raise funds for community-based organizations focused on HIV/AIDS education and prevention. The Foundation has since expanded its mission to develop programs and services that address the broader educational, health and social needs of ethnically diverse, urban communities throughout the nation. For more information, log onto

Source: PRNewswire/The Magic Johnson Foundation

Miami Youth Center to Publish Inner City Magazine

NBA Champion and Author, Alonzo Mourning, along with Media Tycoon, Jerry Powers, join forces to mentor young students to become successful entrepreneurs
Via Press Release: Defying economic, social and academic odds, a team of high profile professionals in the Fashion, Advertising, Publishing and Public Relations Arena in Miami, will mentor and teach a selected group of children, from the Overtown Youth Center, a program of Alonzo Mourning Charities, how to become successful entrepreneurs by educating them on how to develop a company from its inception and in turn, earn a profit by publishing a first-ever, inner city glossy magazine.

With only one out of 12 students graduating from high school in Overtown, one of South Florida’s oldest and most impoverished neighborhoods, Alonzo Mourning Charities (AMC), renowned publisher Jerry Powers and OYC Center Coordinators selected 19 students to create a magazine that speaks for them. They were chosen to be part of this project through their interest in art, dining, photography, sales and fashion. Empowered by this creative venture, they will have eight weeks to come up with a name, write and edit copy, style fashion pages, handle the graphic design, style and shoot photos and provide a ready-to-publish magazine, transmitted electronically to a Virginia-based printer.

Powers, who formerly published highly successful Ocean Drive magazine, is committed along with AMC, to coach the students in what Powers hopes will be a self-sustaining, ongoing magazine. Determined to support the children in creating a winning first issue of the magazine, he and Mourning would like to see the kids’ magazine to take off. Their aim: teach the children how successful business really works.

Mourning, a Miami resident, is committed through the Alonzo Mourning Charities, a 501(c)(3) foundation which has already raised more than $7 million to fund programs that promote positive change in low socioeconomic communities including stimulating the development of future youth enrichment centers. The Overtown Youth Center, which was founded by Mourning in 2003, is the first such effort.

At a time of global economic and social turmoil, inner city students are at even greater risk. The magazine project aims to address those children who might otherwise fall prey to the grim statistics of today’s black America, where six out of 10 high school dropouts have been in prison by their mid-30s, and approximately 70% of infants are born to single mothers.

For more information on the Overtown Youth Center, visit

Source: PRLog

‘Real Men Cook’ Chef to Appear on Season Six of Bravo’s Top Chef

Ron Duprat, an executive chef from Florida and organizer of the charity event Real Men Cook Miami, will be among the 17 new chefs on the number one food show on cable, Bravo’s award winning series “Top Chef: Las Vegas.” Bravo's "Top Chef" offers a fascinating window into the competitive, pressure-filled environment of world-class cookery and the restaurant business at the highest level.

The series features seventeen aspiring chefs who compete for their shot at culinary stardom and the chance to earn the prestigious title of "Top Chef." The show premieres Wednesday, August 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. This season captures Sin City's high stakes and high rollers in addition to exploring what Vegas has to offer beyond the Strip.

The 17 "Top Chef: Las Vegas" chef'testants will be whittled down week by week as they compete to outshine their competition. The winning chef will receive $100,000 furnished by the makers of the Glad family of products, $100,000 of merchandise provided by Macy's, a feature in Food & Wine magazine, a showcase at the Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen and will earn the title of "Top Chef." The M Resort Spa & Casino served as the production location for "Top Chef: Las Vegas."

Duprat is originally from Mare Rouge, Haiti and currently resides in Hollywood, Fla. His favorite Simple Summer Recipe is Jumbo Scallop, Sweet Chili Tahini Sauce, Watermelon and Avocado Slaw. Foodie Fact: Duprat is known for daring experimentation with exotic flavors, often incorporating his own Haitian Creole influences with French-Asian Fusion cuisine. His favorite dish to prepare? Flourless chocolate cake.

Be sure to tune in!

Photo & Source: BravoTV

Thursday, July 9, 2009

The Apollo Theater's 75th Anniversary Gala

Miss Natalie, Quincy Jones, Clarissa and Edgar Bronfman, Jr., Clarence and Jackie Avant, and Gerard "Jerry" Inzerillo attend the Apollo Theater's 75th Anniversary in NYC.

On June 8, 2009, a nationwide celebration was held for the 75th anniversary of the famed Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York. The event honored legendary artists, entertainers, and community leaders, among them Camille and Bill Cosby. The philanthropic couple received the Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis Arts and Humanitarian award, which is given each year to a couple who embodies the powerful beliefs of this couple, who have a deep commitment to their community and a connection to each other and their family.

Len and Marsha Burnett, Brett and Yvonna Wright

The evening was hosted by comedian, author and radio personality Steve Harvey, and featured performances by Jamie Foxx, The O'Jays, Mariah Carey and Anita Baker. Also honored during the evening was Quincy Jones, Patti LaBelle and the Coca Cola company, who received the corporate award for their commitment to the Apollo Theater and the Harlem community. Also receiving an honor was the City of New York, receiving the Percy E. Sutton Civic Leadership Award.

Radio One Founder Cathy Hughes, comedian Paul Mooney, publicist Marvette Britto and Stacey J

Following the event was a star studded evening at the Apollo Supper Club, a unique lounge atmosphere created by renowned designer David Monn, that featured gourmet creations by Great Performances, plentiful libations by Belvedere, Hennessy, Moet & Chandon, and late night dancing with music provided by DJ D-Nice.

Tina Wynn, Toni Brown and Della Britton Baeza

Alicia and Dr. Dan Bythewood; Gayle King and Kevin Liles

This annual event is Apollo's largest fundraiser, with all proceeds benefiting the Apollo Theater Foundation, a non profit organization dedicated to preserving and developing the Apollo Theater and its initiatives for performing artists, educational programs, and community outreach efforts in New York City and beyond.

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Photos copyright by Margot Jordan 2009

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Photos of the Day: The 2009 McDonald's 365 Black Awards

Alonzo Mourning, New York McDonald's owner/operator Frank E. Mason, CNN journalist Soledad O'Brien, House Majority Whip for the US House of Representatives James E. Clyburn and McDonald's USA President Don Thompson attend the 365 Black Awards in New Orleans, July 3, 2009

As a follow up to my post yesterday on the McDonald's 365 Black Awards held in New Orleans, here are a few photos from the event. Since 2003, the McDonald's 365 Black awards have recognized African American leaders who are bettering the lives of African Americans across the nation. Those honored this year were NBA legend and philanthropist Alonzo Mouring, New York McDonald's owner/operator Frank E. Mason, award winning CNN journalist Soledad O'Brien, House Majority Whip for the US House of Representatives James E. Clyburn and Black Enterprise publisher Earl G. Graves, Sr.

Award winning journalist Ed Gordon, R&B legend Charlie Wilson and Roland Martin

Soledad O'Brien and Alonzo Mourning; television personality Omarosa Manigault

R&B singer and McDonald's 365 Black spokesperson Dwele

Photos: Burrell Communications

Monday, July 6, 2009

McDonald's 365 Black Awards Celebrate African American Community and Business Leaders

Ronald McDonald, President of Essence Magazine Michelle Ebanks and Mc Donalds USA Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Neil Golden with a plaque in honor of the 15th Anniversary of the Essence Music Festival at the 2009 Essence Music Festival Presented By Coca-Cola Press Conference at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on July 3, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana

Via Press Release: McDonald's 2009 365Black Awards continues to recognize prominent African Americans in a year when the concept of change has gained significant attention. Each 2009 recipient of the McDonald's 365Black Awards is inspiring and stimulating change that will impact African Americans and all Americans. They are also examples of exceptional community service, empowering new generations for years to come.

Celebrities and dignitaries from across the country joined event emcee Tom Joyner, nationally syndicated radio personality and one of the first recipients of the 365Black Award, on Friday, July 3, 2009 at the Ernest Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, to recognize the accomplishments of several noteworthy individuals.

This year McDonald's recognizes Black Enterprise publisher Earl G. Graves, Sr.; CNN journalist Soledad O'Brien; NBA legend and philanthropist Alonzo Mourning; House Majority Whip and Congressman James E. Clyburn (D-SC) and McDonald's Owner and Operator Frank E. Mason. These individuals join the ranks of previous 365Black honorees, including the Rev. Jesse Jackson, ESSENCE Magazine president Michelle Ebanks and founder Susan Taylor, along with journalist Roland Martin and educator Johnnetta B. Cole.

"This year's McDonald's 365Black Awards recipients are revolutionizing what it means to be a leader in America. They are accomplished people of tremendous influence, committed to community service, and they have a vision that transcends this current generation," said Neil Golden, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, McDonald's USA. "They inspire all of us with their leadership in areas that touch our lives."

Earl G. Graves Sr. is founder of BLACK ENTERPRISE MAGAZINE. Today BE presents the state of enterprise in the African American community, providing information and advice to 4.3 million regular readers. Graves is recognized for providing information that for decades has perpetuated economic growth, development and achievement in the African American community at large.

Soledad O'Brien is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and current anchor and special correspondent for CNN Worldwide. Soledad's in-depth reporting continues to capture national attention, from her riveting live coverage of Hurricane Katrina to the breakthrough 2008 CNN series, "Black in America." O'Brien is recognized for her reporting excellence and commitment to educate the world about African Americans in America.

Alonzo Mourning, recently retired NBA star and longtime friend of McDonald's, is also the founder of Alonzo Mourning Charities. Created to encourage the educational development of youth by developing programs and enrichment centers in low socioeconomic communities, his philanthropic work has raised more than $6.5 million for various programs that aid in the development of children and their families.

Congressman James E. Clyburn is the House Majority Whip for the United States House of Representatives. Representing the state of South Carolina, Clyburn is recognized for his lifelong dedication to improving conditions for African Americans, for his services to the community at large, and for his stellar performance as one of our nation's highest ranking government officials.

Frank Mason is the owner/operator of 10 McDonald's restaurants in the New York Metro region. Mason has contributed nearly $1 million dollars toward an academic scholarship for African American male students in memory of his late son, Robert Todd Mason at Dillard University in New Orleans and has donated approximately $1 million dollars to the YMCA toward assisting inner-city youth. He is recognized because of his commitment in resources and time to the educational development of African American youth.

The 365Black Awards were launched in 2002 and are an extension of McDonald's 365Black initiative, created to celebrate the pride, heritage and achievements of African Americans yearlong. McDonald's outreach under the 365Black platform includes the web site, as well as alliances with organizations that provide opportunities for African Americans to succeed.

Source: PRNewswire/Photo: Wireimage

Friday, July 3, 2009

Keyaron Fox Foundation Presents First Annual "Will of Steel" Charity Weekend

NFLer Keyaron Fox of the Pittsburgh Steelers is kicking off the launch of his new charity foundation, the Keyaron Fox Foundation. He shares, "Making an impact starts with belief: belief in oneself and the belief in the ability to make a difference. It is my goal to not only provide our youth with experience and exposure but to be a conduit that strengthens those beliefs. It is my foundation's mission to be a vehicle that serves as motivation for teens to have quality parks and recreational programs and adequate funding to start their dreams early in life."

The charity weekend, to be held Saturday, July 25, 2009 in the Atlanta area, will feature the "Iron and Steel" children's football clinic, and the "Keyaron Cares" family fun day for the community. The weekend will promote active lifestyles for children, healthy choices, and awareness and fundraising for the Fulton County Parks and Recreational facilities.

The focus of the Keyaron Fox Foundation is to facilitate fundraising efforts to impact inner city parks and recreation initiatives, youth recreational leagues, and intramural organizations. This also includes increasing awareness on the need for funds dedicated to maintaining parks and recreational property and equipment, and insuring that children are able to compete in sports with the cost/burden of equipment and uniforms removed.

Keyaron's own experiences fuel his desire to reach out and give back. He credits his recreational coaches and community programs to lighting the spark of his NFL dreams and helping instill the discipline and confidence he needed to become a successful athlete and a community leader. Raised in the South Fulton community of Atlanta, Georgia, Fox remains passionate about issues surrounding under-served public facilities, and funding for the public leagues where inner city children compete in sports.

All proceeds from the charity weekend will benefit the Fulton County Parks and Recreation facilities.

WHEN: Saturday, July 25, 2009 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WHERE: Welcome All Park in College Park, GA//4255 Will Lee Road, College Park, GA 30349

Visit the foundation's website at
Source: Garner Circle PR

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Photos of the Day

The Three Doctors (Drs. George Jenkins, Sampson Davis and Rameck Hunt) of the Three Doctors Foundation were honored at the 2009 BET Awards on June 28, 2009 in Los Angeles. They shared that since their apperance, they've received many sentiments and well wishes. They are also asking their supporters to visit and leave a message to let them know that you appreciate them showing positive images for children and the community. If you'd like the Three Doctors to speak at your next event, and for more information on their foundation, visit Photo: PR Photos

On Thursday, June 25, 2009 through Saturday, June 27th, 2009, actress Lisa Raye, Chef G. Garvin (TV One/ KFC spokesperson), Jacque Reid (National TV & Radio Personality), Terance Mathis (Atlanta Falcons), Kenny Lofton (MLB Hall of Famer) and more attended the first annual American Financial Fairways & Highways Celebrity Golf & Biker Weekend in Atlanta.
Chef G. Garvin and event hosts
With awareness being raised for the fight against domestic violence, the county of Dekalb, GA proclaimed June 25, 2009 as an official "Fight against Domestic Violence" day. The event's philanthropic partner was the Women's Resource Center to End Domestic Violence. Events included a celebrity golf tournament, tour de luxe, and a white glove bike ride showcasing the organization's advocacy against domestic violence.
Chef G.Garvin, Sonja Williams (Shock Theory), Jacque Reid (2nd from right), Terance Mathis and the Fairways and Highways Team
Photo Credit: Kat Goduco