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Inland Valleys News Inc., Hosts 15th Annual Celebration of Excellence Awards (COE) Gala

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UPLAND — And the Winners Are…The Inland Valley News, Inc. is thrilled to present its 15th Annual Celebration of Excellence (COE) Awards Gala, on Saturday, April 21st. There will be a red carpet arrival at 5:00 p.m. and the reception will be held from 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Dinner will be served promptly at 6:30 p.m. This year’s gala is being held at The Cable Airport, 1749 West 13th Street, Upland CA, with the theme ‘Soaring to New Heights’. The Celebration of Excellence Awards Gala is a community outreach program of the Inland Valley News, sponsored together with its non-profit organization, Shining Glory Publications, Inc. A portion of the proceeds from this extravagant event go towards providing scholarships and internships for youth and young adults from underprivileged represented communities wishing to pursue education and/or careers in journalism, publication design or other fields within the arts, communications and S.T.E.M.

The Inland Valley News is the only African American owned newspaper in the Pomona and East San Gabriel Valleys, serving over 70,000 readers each week. At the event, Publishers’ Choice Awards and Community Excellence Awards honor Inland Valley leaders as well as unsung heroes from various sectors of society for their positive impact in the Inland Valley and Inland Empire. This event celebrates the achievements and contributions of people who help make a difference in their community. “We are expecting this event to sell out. Last year there were over 300 registered guests and twenty major sponsors,” stated Mr. Tommy Morrow, Co-Publisher of the Inland Valley News. Dr. Gloria Morrow adds, “We are expecting one of the most exciting experiences at the 2012 COE. We are very grateful for those of you who continue to support the Gala each year.” The Publisher’ Choice Awards recipients are: Tracy Underwood (Toyota)- Publishers’ Choice; Buford Johnson (Tuskegee Airmen)- Lifetime Achievement; Adrienne Konigar-Macklin (Administrative Law Judge, San Bernardino County)- Leadership in Jurisprudence; Janice Rutherford (Board of Supervisors, San Bernardino County 2nd District)- Civic Leadership; Brian and Hilda Kennedy (Mt. Zion Baptist Church)- Community Builders; Bob and Suzanne Cable (Cable Airport)- Excellence in Entrepreneurship; Youlonda Copeland-Morgan (University of California, Los Angeles)- Educational Administration; and Dr. Deborah Sims LeBlane (National University)- Post Secondary Education. The Community Nominated Excellence Awards are: Dr. Kimberly Kimpel-Community Service; Dr. Anthony L. Dockery- Religion; Sherry Underwood-Education; Farrell J. Chiles-Business; and Debbie Leance-Family Hero.

The growing list of 2012 sponsors at press time are: Verizon, Raytheon, Foothill Transit, Mt. San Antonio Gardens, Transcendence Children and Family Services, Inter Valley Health Plan and California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Come celebrate with the Inland Valley News as we honor these astonishing individuals, leaders and organizations. The Gala is a Black Tie event, so pull out your glamorous ensemble to be Red Carpet and camera ready. Individual tickets are $100. For sponsorship and table information please call 909-985-0072.

For more information please visit www.coegala.com and www.inlandvalleynews.com.

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