Dignitaries, guests and community members came from near and far to celebrate The Black Voice Foundation’s 5th annual Holiday Gala and birthday celebration for Black Voice News Co-Publisher Hardy Brown.
This year’s event recognized 37 community builders as well as the upcoming year’s 2010 foundation programs.
Paulette Brown-Hinds, PhD. and Executive Director of the foundation began the program by recognizing 37 individuals who have played exemplary roles in their career and the community at large.
These community builders chosen by their peers were featured in The Black Voice News’ 37th Anniversary edition earlier this year. They were given a gift bag with a giclee from artist Charles Bibbs, as well as certificates from Assemblywoman Wilmer Amina Carter, Congressman Ken Calvert, and Supervisor Josie Gonzales.
During the celebration, Brown-Hinds announced that Hardy Brown, II will be serving as the Executive Director of Black Voice Foundation and officially turned the reigns of the foundation over to him.
“The gala was an exciting event that allowed the foundation to focus on our upcoming 2010 partnerships,” stated Brown. “We are excited about working and partnering with our community builders,” he continued.
Those partnerships include working with Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino through the foundation’s Opportunity of a Lifetime program geared towards mentoring and training youth by bringing in professionals and partnering with them allowing the youths to learn different career related options through a virtual program using the latest technology.
Also highlighted was the foundation’s internship program, Footsteps to Freedom Study Tour, Gospel Music History Project, CA Black Media and the Green Project.
Happy Birthday was sung by all the attendees as a birthday cake was carried in by Lynn Lee, Sonietta Brown, and Jordan Brown.
During his thank you speech, Brown referenced Joshua 1:6, God’s charge to Joshua not only for manly courage but a courageous faith centered in the word of God. He spoke of the people that have helped him and how he is grateful and blessed for the people in his life.
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