Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Education Empowerment Takes Center Stage as the Northern Virginia Urban League Commemorates 20 Years of Service

Business leader and Northern Virginia Urban League 2010 community service honoree Eric Adolphe, Esq. awards a surprise $5,000 to scholarship recipient Waveney Hudlin for receiving the highest grade point average among all of the 2010 scholarship recipients at the at the sold-out 20th Annual Community and Scholarship Awards dinner held on April 30, 2010 at the Hilton Tysons Corner in McLean, Va.

(Alexandria, Va., May 24, 2010)—In a historic year for the Northern Virginia Urban League (NOVAUL), which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary, education and its impact on the social and economic empowerment of African Americans and other underserved communities is taking center stage for the nonprofit social services agency. Last month, on April 30, 2010 at the Hilton Tysons Corner in McLean, Va., NOVAUL held its 20th Annual Community Service and Scholarship Awards Dinner, where thirteen of Northern Virginia’s top high school seniors were awarded a collective $75,000 toward their college education. In addition, NOVAUL honored two local business leaders for their commitment to education and community service in Northern Virginia. The event, which raised $500,000 in corporate sponsorships, was a bright spot in an otherwise bleak fundraising year for many local nonprofit organizations in the region.

We are proud to have the support of our philanthropic partners who recognize the importance of promoting educational achievement, even in this recessed economy,” said Lavern J. Chatman, president and CEO of the Northern Virginia Urban League. “NOVAUL is putting the spotlight on education and empowerment because we recognize that achieving postsecondary educational success is necessary for our youth to thrive in a 21st century economy.” NOVAUL garnered major sponsorships for the event from: Capital One, Dominion, ExxonMobil, The Stafford Foundation, Verizon, Southwest Airlines, Northrop Grumman, Cox Communications, Xerox, Strategic Resources Inc., Comcast, Alfred Street Baptist Church and Bethlehem Baptist Church of Alexandria,Va., and Mount Zion Baptist Church of Arlington, Va.

Lavern J. Chatman, President and CEO of the Northern Virginia Urban League, and Dr. Steve Perry, Founder of Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford, Conn., and education contributor for CNN, commemorate the achievements of Northern Virginia’s top scholars at the sold-out 20th Annual Community and Scholarship Awards dinner held at the Hilton Tysons Corner in McLean, Va.

NOVAUL’s commemoration of 20 years of service and focus on education comes alongside the historic centennial of the National Urban League, which earlier this year launched http://www.iamempowered.com/ and the I Am Empowered campaign to ensure that by 2025:

Every American child is ready for college, work and life
Every American has access to jobs with a living wage and good benefits
Every American lives in safe, decent, affordable and energy-efficient housing on fair terms
Every American has access to quality and affordable health care solutions

As an affiliate of the National Urban League, NOVAUL will be focusing on ways to address local needs in support of the I Am Empowered campaign, paying close attention to the education needs in Northern Virginia.

Business leader and Northern Virginia Urban League 2010 community service honoree Eric Adolphe, Esq. surprises scholarship recipient Felix Afriyie, an aspiring neuroscientist, with a medical scrub signed by ground-breaking African American neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin S. Carson.

Two business leaders that were honored for their service in philanthropy and industry at the event were Eric Adolphe, Esq. – Founder and for 15 years CEO of OPTIMUS Corporation, a leading software technology company, and John Rice – Founder and CEO of Management Leadership for Tomorrow, a national non-profit organization that equips underrepresented minorities with the skills to become high-impact leaders in business and nonprofit organizations.

Thirteen of Northern Virginia’s top high school seniors receive scholarships from the Northern Virginia Urban League

The Northern Virginia Urban League (NOVAUL) is a non-profit, nonpartisan, multi-ethnic, social service organization. Their mission is to enable African Americans and disadvantaged others to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights through program services and advocacy. Established in 1990, NOVAUL is one of 100 affiliates of the National Urban League, the nation's oldest and largest community-based movement devoted to empowering African Americans to enter and succeed in the social and economic mainstream. For more information, visit http://www.nvul.org/.

Photo credit: Solid Image Photographic Service

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