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Black Rose Honorees Announced

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The San Bernardino Black Culture Foundation is delighted to extend an invitation to the community to attend the 13th Annual Black Rose and Humanitarian of the Year Awards Dinner. This celebration of community spirit will be held Friday, September 13, 2002, 6:00 p.m., at the National Orange Show ­ Renaissance Room. Tickets are available at $35 per person and $350 for a table of ten.

Awards are given for service to the community in a variety of areas, including education, health, science, the arts, law, sports, and philanthropy. The honorees are chosen for their achievements in the community, of giving of themselves unconditionally, not looking for self-gratification. The 2002 Juanita H. Scott Humanitarian of the Year Award is presented to: Dennis Byas - Superintendent - Colton Joint Unified School District - Mr. Byas has a passion for helping all children to succeed. His philosophy that "no student will be left behind," has nurtured and fostered academic support for African-American and other minority students. Dennis is an avid community volunteer for numerous activities in support of children and young adults. This "home-grown" educator has lived and worked in the San Bernardino and Colton communities for over thirty-five years. Mr. Byas is dedicated to the success of his students and works each day to support and challenge each one to reach their educational goals and dreams. A Black Rose Award will be presented to the following individuals: Thomas J. Gueston, Jr., Site Manager, Tutor Trainer - San Bernardino Public Library - Mr. Gueston is known to many of his students at the Literacy Center as a natural leader. Thomas has received a variety of awards and honors from public service organizations in the San Bernardino community. He generously gives of his time and resources, unquestioningly and with sincerity. A long standing member of the Black Culture Foundation and its fore runner, the Black History Parade Committee, Thomas has organized the entries and the line-ups for the parade. He works closely with the Police Department and the City of San Bernardino with acquiring funding for the parade, securing permits, and designing the parade route. Ray Culberson, Director, Youth Services - San Bernardino City Unified School District - With tireless energy and compassion, Ray's commitment to improving the lifestyle of the youth in San Bernardino has led him to take an active role in the lives of his students. He spends time speaking with area youth and encouraging them to make productive choices. An excellent motivational speaker, he has addressed several social and church organizations throughout the Inland Empire. Mr. Culberson is a conscientious, caring and effective youth advocate. His life has been an example of how hard work and determination can lead an at-risk student to an honest productive life. Dr. Ernest B. Dowdy, Jr. , Executive Director - San Bernardino Employment and Training Agency - For 23 years Ernest Dowdy has served the San Bernardino area youth, welfare recipients, and dislocated workers in achieving their employment goals. He rose through the ranks from a Program Assistant to become the Executive Director of the San Bernardino Employment and Training Agency/One Stop Career Center. His work with high risk youth through the Youth Development Program has been nationally recognized and he was awarded the JTPA Award of Excellence. Serving as Pastor to the congregation of the Church of the Living God since 1991, Dr. Dowdy has established a weekly tutorial program for children and adults; a Food Ministry, and a special program to provide toys and clothes for families during Christmas. Clifford Hackney, Chief Professional Officer - Boy's & Girl's Club of San Bernardino - Over the last 4 years, Mr. Hackney has brought the Boy's and Girl's Club from near extinction to its current effective operation that is an asset to the city. He has exercised his strengths as an exceptional leader in the community to gather support for the club. He has an intense and passionate desire to achieve a positive impact on the youth of the community and his demonstration of decisive leadership inspires confidence and respect from everyone he meets. Precious Wesley, Retired - Department of Corrections - For nearly 50 years, Mrs. Wesley has been involved on various committees that benefit the health and welfare of her community. Always setting a "good example" for others to follow, Precious is a very kind and generous person, willing to share not only her time and talent but also her finances. She is not one who is easily intimidated and is considered a great friend by many. In spite of her own serious illness she still finds time to visit the sick and minister to them in their homes. She has the unique ability to see issues from many different angles which leads to her ultimate goal of sharing and giving back to the community. She is never too busy to help others or to give her time and energy. Carmen Novella Webster, Drug & Alcohol Prevention Program Coordinator - Peoples Choice, Inc. - Prior to her current assignment, Carmen was the Project Coordinator for the Community Challenge Grant Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program in San Bernardino. Carmen cares so much for this program and its young men and women that she continues to volunteer as an advisor and consultant to the current program staff members. She is both committed and passionate about her stewardship of parenting classes because, in her own words, "it is the most important job we do with the least amount of training." Her community and volunteer activities are many and she admits that it can all be a challenge - but she meets that challenge admirably. For more information or to purchase tickets please call Juanita Scott (909) 888-1696; Syble Tompkins (909) 388-1413.

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