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Annual Black Rose Award Honorees Announced

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Unseen and often unsung, there are scores of people who work behind the scenes to positively impact others, but seldom receive recognition for what they do.  On Friday, September 9, the San Bernardino Black Culture Foundation will honor some of the unsung heroes who have worked diligently to improve the lives of others throughout the Inland Empire at the Annual Black Rose and Humanitarian of the Year Awards.

Now in its 22nd year, the Black Rose Awards focus is to annually recognize volunteers, organizations and individuals, regardless of their ethnicity or residency, for their lifetime achievement of doing good things for the local community.

“It is important to pay tribute to our local ‘Heroes’ and ‘Sheroes’ who work tirelessly to improve our everyday lives,” said Margaret Hill, program chairman of the Black Culture Foundation.  “Each one of our recipients has made a difference in our community and should be acknowledged for their efforts.”

Heading the list this year, receiving the “Humanitarian of the Year” award is Dr. Harold L. Cebrun, Superintendent of Schools for the Rialto Unified School District.

The Commitment to Service Award will be presented to James Butts, an employee of the San Bernardino City Unified School District.

Receiving the Black Rose Award are:  Jennifer Vaughn-Blakely, founder, Sundance Company; Jimmie Brown, Police Chief, California State University, San Bernardino; Herb English, Jr., Director EOPS and CARE at San Bernardino Valley College; Dr. Queen Hamilton, Board Member, Youth Action Project; John Futch, Board Member, San Bernardino Community College District; and Geraldine Reaves, Founder, Open Arms Make A Difference, Inc.

In remembrance of 9/11, Vicki Lee and Mark Campbell will also be recognized with a Black Rose, along with Black Rose plaques awarded to: Mel Albiso, Albert Arteaga,  Dion Clark, Carl Dameron, Juanita Dawson, Bill Hanes, and the Unforgettables Foundation.

Scheduled to emcee for their seventh consecutive year are Kathryn Ervin, California State University, San Bernardino Theater Arts professor, and Inland Empire public relations leader Carl Dameron of Dameron Communications.

Tickets are on sale now for $60 per person and $600 per table.  Beginning September 1, they are $75 per person and $700 for a table of ten. Checks can be mailed to: The San Bernardino Black Culture Foundation, P. O. Box 7288, San Bernardino, CA 92411.

For more information call Margaret Hill at (909) 991-6422 or Joann Roberts at (909) 800-1102.

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