Area PR leader Carl Dameron and California State University San Bernardino theater arts professor Kathryn Ervin will emcee the 19th Annual Black Rose and Humanitarian of the Year Awards in a September 26 ceremony at the National Orange Show - Valencia Room.
The San Bernardino Black Culture Foundation presents the Black Rose Awards to honor lifetime achievement. Anyone who has done good things for the local community would be given consideration for this recognition.
The organizers of this year's program points out these awards are an important honor. "We recognize our unsung heroes, people of all diversities who have contributed a great deal to the community," said Margaret Hill, program chairman. "We have been presenting this honor for almost 20 years now."
There are three categories of awards given at the ceremony: the Black Rose, the Commitment to Community Service of the Year and the Humanitarian of the Year.
"The Black Rose Awards are one of the most inspiring and vital community events," said Ervin. "Our community is richly blessed by the many who are doing good things here without fanfare, and it is important they be given the recognition due them."
Ervin also sees the Black Rose Awards as an opportunity to identify and acknowledge many local leaders, especially for youth, to encourage their participation in activities that help their community.
"It's important for our young people to see that role models are right here with us," she said. "And it's vital for the rest of us to be reminded of the many good things people here are doing."
Past recipients include developer John Dukes of Dukes, Dukes and Associates, Westside Action Group and Mansie Booker Jr. among others.
Dameron, president of Dameron Communications, said recipients of the Black Rose Awards have devoted their lives to helping others. "It is an extreme honor for me," he said. "I am proud to be a part of providing these local heroes the recognition they so richly deserve."
The Foundation is selling tickets to the awards ceremony for $50 each. Tables of 10 may be reserved for $500.
The event begins at 6 p.m. in the National Orange Show - Valencia Room, 689 South E Street, San Bernardino.
To order tickets or reserve a table, contact Margaret Hill at (909) 864-3267.
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