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McDonald’s is proud to announce the Community Choice Youth Award is back this year

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McDonald’s 365Black Awards launched in 2003 as an extension of the company’s 365Black platform, which celebrates the pride, heritage and achievements of African-Americans year-round. Join them in celebrating today’s exceptional youth by nominating someone between the ages of 13 and 18 within your community to receive a $10,000 scholarship.

They’re looking to honor exceptional youth who make a difference within their community through their vision, compassion, relentless courage and daily diligence which have resulted in significant local, national or global impact. Two recipients, one male and one female, will be recognized during the star-studded event which will be held Friday, July 3 during the 21st annual ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

The purpose of the CCYA Scholarship is to assist the honoree to obtain a higher education or vocational skill at the school of his or her choice. If the recipient does not attend college or has sufficient alternate funding to attend college, then the $10,000 must be transferred to the honoree at the legal age of majority without the condition of a college attendance. However, at the honorees discretion, the scholarship can be applied against graduate or trade school tuition, fees and direct education expenses. All applicable taxes will be responsibility of the honoree.

All students nominated for this Program must meet the minimum criteria set by McDonald’s to qualify for the scholarship. The Scholarship will be applied to pay tuition and fees at any college or vocational school that the honoree is enrolled based on enrollment criteria recommended by Thurgood Marshall College Fund. Funds will be held until the recipient provides official proof of enrollment and then paid directly to the college, post-secondary school or any trade, vocational, technical school of choice for tuition and fees on behalf of the student.

Download the nomination form at www.365Black.com, starting April 21, 2015. Submit nomination materials to 365BlackYouthAwards@365Black.com until May 31, 11:59 p.m. CST.

Nominee must be able to travel on Wednesday, July 1st and must attend the 365Black Awards, Friday, July 3.

 

NAACP Riverside Branch’s 2015 Freedom Fund Celebration Theme to commemorate the 50th Anniversary March on Selma

RIVERSIDE, CA – The NAACP Riverside Branch’s annual fundraising gala, the “2015 Freedom Fund Celebration,” will recognize community leaders and organizations that have made significant contributions in their communities. This year’s theme: “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: One Nation, One Dream, United” commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the March on Selma. This formal affair will take place on Wednesday, May 13 at the Riverside Convention Center located at 3637 Fifth Street in downtown Riverside. Doors open at 5 p.m. with social networking, followed by a strolling dinner and awards at 6 p.m. The evening will also include live entertainment, special performances, dancing and more.

This year’s honorees include: Judy White, PhD, Superintendent of Moreno Valley Unified School District (Education); Joan Roberts, PhD, Owner/CEO-Visiting Angels Riverside County (Business Entrepreneur); Victory Outreach Riverside (Community Service); The Honorable Rita Rogers, Councilwoman-City of Perris (Government/Political); Angela D. Martin, M.D., Physician in Charge-Kaiser Meridian Clinic (Health); Wallace J. Allen, Founder/Editor, West Side Newspaper (Media/Journalism); Rev. Marrix Seymore, Sr., PhD, Pastor-Amos Temple CME Church (Religion); Bruce Wilson, Sergeant, U.S. Army (Military); and William Kennedy, Esq., Attorney at Law-Law Firm of Kennedy and Jimenez (Law/Justice). Presidential Honorees include: William Chamberlain, V.P. Sales and Marketing for Raceway Ford (Roy Wilkins Award); Tanya Humphrey, Consultant-Non-profit management and funding (Griot Award); and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Eta Nu Omega Chapter (Stratton Award).

Tickets are $75 per person or $750 per table. Tickets can be purchased online at www.naacp-riverside.org. The RSVP deadline is April 29th. For more information contact the event chair Dr. Regina Stell at 951-217-0055 or 951-324-9603. Email rivnaacp@gmail.com and visit www.facebook.com/RiversideNAACP.

Mr. Khari Bush Crowned Sir Knight

Sir Knight Khari Bush featured center in picture with parents Dr. Edward Bush and Mrs. Jenise Bush as future Knights look on.

Sir Knight Khari Bush featured center in picture with parents Dr. Edward Bush and Mrs. Jenise Bush as future Knights look on.

HIGHLAND, CA- On the evening of Saturday, April 18, seven outstanding young men were presented to society. The young men included Mr. Khari Bush who was crowned Sir Knight, Mr. Sir George Bernard Davis who was awarded 1st place, Mr. Arlington Rogers III who was awarded 2nd place, Mr. DeVon Clay, Mr. Myles Jones, Mr. Anthony Montgomery, and Mr. Brandon Watts at the 48th Social Lites, Incorporated Beautillion Ball at the Hampton Inn & Suites Resort Event Center, Highland, California.

This affair celebrated the accomplishments and efforts of the Inland Empire young African American men.  In addition to saluting these young men for their accomplishments, two participants were recognized and awarded scholarships for their outstanding academic achievements which included Mr. Khari Bush and Mr. Brandon Watts. Mr. Watts was also awarded the “Mr. Congeniality” award.  Collectively these young men were awarded over $20,000 in scholarships and gifts.  Dr. Wil Greer, professor at California State University, San Bernardino College of Education was the keynote speaker who personalized his presentation to all seven participants with words of encouragement associated with their career aspirations. The Social Lites, Incorporated under the leadership of Mrs. Bettye Brewster, president expressed her appreciation to all for supporting the Beautillion program.

Back Row Left to Right: Sir Knight 2015 Mr. Khari Bush, Brandon Watts , Dr. Wil Greer (Keynote Speaker), Anthony Montgomery, Arlington Rogers III (2nd), Myles Jones Front Row Left to Right: DeVon Clay and Sir Davis (1st)

Back Row Left to Right: Sir Knight 2015 Mr. Khari Bush, Brandon Watts , Dr. Wil Greer (Keynote Speaker), Anthony Montgomery, Arlington Rogers III (2nd), Myles Jones
Front Row Left to Right: DeVon Clay and Sir Davis (1st)