Outstanding professionals and outstanding students will be recognized at the 44th Annual Scholarship and Fundraising Ceremony sponsored by the tene Council District Women’s Steering Committee.
According to CSM President Jacqueline Nunn, the gala takes place on Saturday, July 23 at 11 a.m. in the Tuskegee Room of the Proud Bird Restaurant, 11022, boul. of the Air Force in Los Angeles. The theme is “Embracing and inspiring the future through education – women – diversity”.
Elaine Gibbs and the Nu Soul Band will perform. Pastor J. Edgar Boyd of First AME Church will deliver the invocation. The event also includes a silent fine art auction, vendor booths and a raffle.
“We encourage the greater Los Angeles community to join us as we salute the accomplishments of four dynamic women and present $1,000 scholarships to five high school students,” Nunn said. “These people’s accomplishments are sure to lift their spirits and motivate people of all ages to never give up on their dreams.”
MP Karen Bass will receive the Outstanding Achievement in Politics Award. Currently the leading candidate for mayor of Los Angeles, Bass reached a national stature representing the 37e congressional constituency. She also served six years in the California State Assembly.
Jacquelyn Dupont Walker will receive the Trailblazer of the Century Award. A longtime community advocate and civic leader, Dupont Walker is executive director of the Ward Economic Development Corporation, which operates several housing complexes for homeless seniors and veterans. She is also a member of the general board of the AME international church and serves as 1st Vice-Chairman of Metro’s Board of Directors.
An award for outstanding leadership and achievement will be presented to Lydia Cincore-Templeton, President and CEO of Children, Youth and Family Collaborative; and Stephanie Wiggins, president and CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro).
Cincore-Templeton, a lawyer specializing in youth and family law, is nationally recognized for developing innovative, community-based solutions to meet the needs of at-risk youth. Wiggins is the first woman and the first black woman to run the massive transit agency. Previously, she was CEO of Metrolink, Deputy CEO of Metro, and Director of Regional Programs for the Riverside County Transportation Commission.
The students honored are Naima Davis of Dorsey High School, who will attend CSU-Northridge; Taylor Haywood of the Los Angeles Center for Enrichment Studies, who was accepted to Southern University; Kylie Ross from Dorsey High School, also entering Southern University; Jayden Sanders of St. Monica Catholic School, committed to Jackson State University; and François Jeannot of Los Angeles High School, which is destined for CSU-Northridge.
Acknowledging the sponsors of the event, Nunn added, “Special thanks to the West Basin Municipal Water District, LA Department of Water and Power, US Bank, McDonald’s, The Proud Bird, LA Metro and at LA Sentinel. Without your support, this program would not have been possible.
Tickets are available on Eventbrite