By Gloria Dulan-Wilson
What a whirlwind year 2010 has been so far. Time has moved so swiftly, we're zapping through April on roller blades!! We're just one week away from one of Brooklyn's most spectacular and important community events: THE MEDGAR EVERS COMMUNITY COUNCIL'S ANNUAL SPRING AWARDS LUNCHEON, held at 1150 Carroll Street (bet. Nostrand and Bedford Aves.), from 12:00 to 4:00 pm. WOW!!!
This grass roots annual event raises scholarship funds for Medgar Evers Students, assisting them with financing their education, purchasing books, and any ancillary programs that will assist in their reaching their goals of attaining a higher education (firstname.lastname@example.org). It's people helping people. Families and educators and local community representatives and residents pitching in and pooling their time, talent and resources to put on this gala to show the youth in the community how much we care about them and their future.
Each year the event gets larger and larger, making it possible to help more and more Medgar Evers Students. While it would be wonderful to have Bill and Melissa Gates, or Warren Buffett or even the great Bill Cosby reach down in their considerably deep pockets and pull out the dollars that would help our students complete their education, there is still something gratifying and special about a community coming together and doing it for themselves.
MECCC welcomes the corporate sponsors, the deep pocket donations, but they also maintain a level of self sufficiency, is what the MECCC is about. They take a particular joy and pride in planning every detail of the event, because it's not just about the event, it's about the love they have for their community and these students. It's what makes them come out to meetings in the rain; it's what makes them do their own pick up and delivery of items; it's what makes them do their set up of the luncheon the evening before. It's the love and the dedication, and the determination to see that these students who have put their diligence and discipline into their work are not stymied by financial shortfalls. (By the way, don't you love their poster/logo of the three women? I think they'd do well to have them emblazoned on tee shirts, cups, bags, wall hangings, and framed. They'd make a fortune!)
So can the community do any less? Consistently Brooklyn has shown up and participated in the Spring Awards Luncheon; and it is anticipated that this year will be as positive. For those of you who are new to the Luncheon Awards, be prepared for a treat. Be prepared to find out what community is all about. Be prepared to leave with a feeling that you have materially assisted a young man or woman complete a much needed education, which in turn blesses the community.
And just in case you're wondering, when I say "community", I'm not just referring to Brooklyn. I am also including Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, Staten Island -- for the success of these students is important to us no matter where we reside.
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Honorees include the following:
Wendy McLean, Entrepreneur The Denim Lounge Business Leadership Awards
Dr. Cyrus O. McCalla, MD, Woodhull Medical Center Community Service Leadership Award
Fr. Rocco C. Danzi, S.J., Xavier Jesuit Community, Ecumenical Leadership Award
Doris Withers, Ed.D, Medgar Evers College, Education Leadership Award
Shani Lianna Watler, Lab School for Collaborative Studies, Youth Leadership Award
Come out, celebrate these wonderful recipients, enjoy the cuisine and contribute to the expansion of educational opportunities in the community. Not bad for a Saturday afternoon.
Stay Blessed &