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UNCF Walks the Walk

LOS ANGELES, CA-The Los Angeles office of UNCF (the United Negro College Fund) will step out for students at the 32nd annual UNCF Walk for Education on Saturday, August 2 at Exposition Park (South Menlo and Coliseum) in Los Angeles. The event, which takes the theme “Building Better Futures: The Value of a UNCF Investment,” is a celebration of education that will bring together an estimated 900 community supporters to raise vitally needed funds to help students get to and through college.

Families, teachers and the community at large are invited to participate in the UNCF Walk for Education.  Participants can walk or run a 5k course. Members of the community are invited to support UNCF and its students by forming a Walk for Education team or registering as individuals. UNCF is encouraging everyone to register early.  

A $60 donation will qualify participants for a 2014 UNCF Walk for Education T-shirt and a $25 donation will qualify all students with I.D. for a 2014 UNCF Walk for Education T-shirt.Honorary Co-chair for the Los Angeles UNCF Walk for Education is Tarrance Frierson, Supplier Diversity and Development Program Manager, Southern California Edison.Event sponsors include Title Sponsors Southern California Edison, Superior Grocers, and Tesoro.  Start/Finish Sponsors include Union Bank of California, UPS, and Xerox.

UNCF Walk for Education participants will also enjoy food, music, a Kids Play Zone and more.For more information on the Los Angeles UNCF Walk for Education or for sponsorship packages, please contact UNCF at 213.639.3800, or visit UNCF.org/LAWalk.

Youth Edutainment League to host 9th Annual Community Health & Wellness Fair

Antonique Smith singer

Antonique Smith singer

LOS ANGELES, CA – The YEL Program in association with “Play Well, Live Better!” will be hosting their 9th annual community Health & Wellness Fair Saturday, August 2 in Los Angeles. The block party will be held at 3747 West Boulevard beginning at 10 a.m.

The event will provide access to health workshops, such as disease preventative services including immunizations, as well as medical and dental check-ups and access to free and reduced cost health insurance for community members that have been unable to access and/or qualify. The fair also aims to inform youth and their families about the importance of health and wellness at all ages through games, interactive activities, panels, and seminars. The fair will provide free school supplies, nutritional and home-cooked meals to all attendees as well, provided on behalf of the Youth Edutainment League (YEL Program).

Founded by Darius Farrelly, The Youth Edutainment League or YEL Program was created after Mr. Farrelly observed youth in the area that were disenfranchised, disconnected and struggling to find a place in their individual communities. Deciding to take the initiative to bridge the gap, Mr. Farrelly created the YEL Program, an interactive after-school workshop that interfaces with young adults to help expedite possible career opportunities in areas that they are interested in; such as sports and entertainment.

Additionally, each year, live performances by some local and celebrity talent grace the stage of the Block Party to provide an exclusive soundtrack to the event. This year performances will include music by the Wylde Bunch, Antonique Smith, Justin Hunt, La Fonz and Tia P, as well as stand-up comedy from G-Thang, and Kevin Tate will serve as the live entertainment for the duration of the fair.

To help donate, sponsor or participate as a partner, in addition to more information and/or media inquiries, please call DF Enterprizes at (213) 380-0457 or send an email to darius@dfenterprizes.com.

Celebration of Homegoing for Lt. Calvin H. Pierce

CalvinHPierce-Pic2_ColorCalvin Howard Pierce of San Bernardino passed away on Sunday, July 27, 2014 in Loma Linda, California after a short illness.  He was 85 years old.  Calvin retired from the San Bernardino County Marshal’s Department in 1989 after more than 30 years of service.  At retirement he received the designation of honorary captain.  During his career as a Marshal he also served as a bailiff in the Superior Court system and earned several awards and commendations for improving court system operations. In fact, his initiative resulted in Marshals being assigned department vehicles.  One of the first African American Marshals in the department, he also designed the Marshal’s department badge.  Before joining the Marshal’s department, Calvin was a mechanic for Santa Fe Railroad.

A lifelong resident of San Bernardino, he was born January 11, 1929 to Emmett Caldwell Pierce and Eula Mae Carter, the second of three sons.  He graduated from San Bernardino High School in 1947.  That same year he married his sweetheart– the love of his life! – Barbara Pulliams.  To this union three children were born:  Francis, Brenda, and Valerie.

Throughout life, Calvin had many interests including architecture, photography, jewelry making, and beaded walking sticks.  Another of his favorite hobbies was fishing (including deep sea) with his buddies.  He also enjoyed cruising on a motorcycle with Barbara.  A remarkable athlete, he was nicknamed “Windmill Cal” in recognition of his cake walk style of running, which he used to return kickoff returns of up to 99 yards.  He was an award winning sprinter, runner (Loma Linda Lopers), cyclist, and bowler who participated in multiple marathons and tournaments.  A leader and generous by nature, he was a member of San Bernardino Kiwanis.

Calvin was tremendously loved by his family.  He is remembered for his sharp and charming sense of humor.  Calvin was a calming and steady presence in the lives of his family members and friends; and will be always remembered as loving, humorous, and dependable.

Calvin is survived by his wife of 67 years Barbara Pulliams Pierce; three children: Francis Howard Pierce of Grand Terrace, Brenda Joyce Lilly of San Bernardino, and Valerie Ann Futch (Terry) of Grand Terrace.  An adored grandfather, he is lovingly remembered by four grandchildren:  Tiffany Hinton (Glenn), Cherysa Cortez (Jerome), Corey Futch, and Shandyn Pierce; seven great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.  Also left to cherish his memory are his brothers Mr. Tyree Pierce of San Bernardino and Dr. Robert Pierce of St. Louis, Missouri.  He was also a favorite uncle, cousin, and nephew in a large extended family rooted in California, Arizona, and Missouri. Calvin also will be remembered by a host of friends he held dear.

A memorial to honor him will be held Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 10 a.m. at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 1575 W. 17th Street, San Bernardino, California 92411.