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7th Annual Hardy Brown Gala in Full Swing for Holiday Season

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By BVN Staff –

If last year was any indication of the excitement, fun, and festivities of what’s to come, then this year won’t disappoint as dignitaries, guests and community members are expected to celebrate The Black Voice Foundation’s 7th Annual Holiday Gala and birthday celebration for Co-Publisher Hardy Brown with special guest speaker, Dean of Howard Univeristy, Dr. Barron Harvey on December 3, 2011 at the Historic Mission Inn Hotel - Music Room beginning at 2:00 p.m.

In addition to his prestigious position of Dean at Howard, Dr. Harvey is a tenured member of the faculty and has served as a full professor in the Department of Accounting for over 18-years. In the fall of 2007, Dr. Harvey became the first endowed professor in the School of Business when he was named Frank Ross/KPMG Endowed Professor in Accounting. Twice the National Association of Black Accountants, Inc, has named him “Educator of the Year”. (NABA).

During his academic career, he has held numerous administrative positions at the university including Director of Graduate Programs, Departmental Chairperson, and Interim Dean. Additionally, he held other faculty appointments at the University of Nebraska, University of Miami and Georgetown University. He has lectured in various areas of management education to include organizational behavior, management, and accounting.

In the previous years, the gala highlights The Black Voice News’ Community Builders who were selected during the 39th anniversary of the paper. This year, the Community Builders will be honored at a reception prior to the gala, sponsored by General Motors. Chosen by their peers, the Black Voice News Community Builders foster a sense of community, giving, entrepreneurship, and self-reliance in their careers and the community at-large. This year’s honorees are: Dr. Mildred Henry, Deborah Dukes, Juan Lopez, Rev. Lacy K. Sykes, Jr. , Diane Wayne, Edwin Henderson, Dr. Ernest Levister, Jr. , Linda L. Smith, Bernard Edmunds, Isaac Shipp, Manuel J. Carrillo, Nirma Usher, Montrice Lasley-Shabete, Rev. Paul S. Munford, Burma Lee Manns, Michael Dunn, Mark Schooley, Kimiko Ford, Bishop Craig W. Johnson, John Dukes, Charles McNeely, Howana Lundy, Hattie King, Wilmer Amina Carter, Eunice Lisburg, Carl Henry, 1st Lady Lynda & Rev. Joshua Beckley, Arlene Jackson, Susan Strickland, Nma Ohiaeri, Dwight E. and Sandra Jones, Attorney Mary Daniels, Michelle Robbins, Dr. Joseph A. Bailey, II, Yolanda & Gilbert Williams.

“Last year’s gala was an exciting event that allowed the foundation to focus on our upcoming 2011 partnerships,” stated Brown.

“We are excited about working and partnering with our community builders and discussing the programs designed for this upcoming year,” he continued.

For more information on the Black Voice Foundation or the gala, contact Hardy Brown, II at (909) 888-5040. The 7th Annual Hardy Brown Birthday Celebration is sponsored by Southwest Airlines, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, U.S. Department of the Interior, UPS, Southern California Edison, Enterprise Holdings, California State University, San Bernaridno, State Farm Insurance, B Ready Product ions, and The Gas Company.

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