“SPIRIT OF THE LEAGUE CHAMPION”
Each generation has a responsibility to support the succeeding ones with hope,direction,love,expectation and anticipation ” said President and CEO Nancy Flake of The Urban League Of Greater Atlanta who welcomed sponsors , ULGA Board of Directors and esteemed guest at the 5th Annual Spirit Of The League Luncheon Awards Honoree . She announced , “The theme for today is Investing in the Youth Today and Empowering Young Adults Tomorrow.” She went on to say .” This year we are celebrating five young adults who are pursuing their dreams and is giving back to their community on their journey to success.” .
The Spirit Of The League Luncheon
Awards recognizes individuals who have overcome significant challenges yet have achieved success while giving back to others . Past well known honorees include Tyler Perry,Soledad O’ Brien, Mo’ Nique ,David Banner and Terri J. Vaughn.
The 2015 Spirit of the League Champion is non other than 21 years old Keke Palmer who rose to prominence in 2006 with her outstanding performance in Akeelah and the Bee. Palmer is one of the fastest-growing rising stars of her generation,earning a claim in film, television and music since the age of 5. She is also passionate about social issues,giving her time and resources in support of the Boys and Girls Club of America,the Girl Scouts,and Urban Farming programs. In addition , Keke has worked with the YWCA’s” Saving our Daughters” initiatives to help empower young women across America .History making Keke Palmer ,who was the first black and youngest actress to play the iconic fairytale character Cinderella in the Rogers & Hammerstein award winning production is also going into production with her talk show “Just Keke” in 2016.
The 2015 Spirit of The League Luncheon was held at Twelve Hotel at Atlantic Station. Guest were greeted by Otis Threatt, Chair of Spirit of the League. President and CEO Nancy Flake gave an introduction and recognition of the sponsors.
Vise President of Programming Tony Kidd from COX Media Group Atlantic Station presented the sponsors remarks and Adrecus Calbreath
who benefited greatly from the ULGA programs did the Invocation.
WSB Channel 2 investigative reporter Erica Byfield was the mistress of c ceremony
Fulton County Commissioner John Eaves presented the awards and went on to say that ” The purpose of this event is to recognize individuals who have exemplified the courage , commitment and perseverance to succeed despite great challenges in their lives and thus have exhibited the Spirit of The League.”
The featured honorees employ their
compelling stories of triumph over obstacles,and how they took control over their lives to make positive and sustainable changes in their community.
The 2015 honorees who participated in the Urban Youth Empowerment and Neighbourhood College Programs were also saluted .
From the Youth Services Division are Hancy Adeclat and Rontavious Stovall who got the Urban Youth Empowerment Program Award. Jason Gay , got an award for the Youth Empowerment Program and Domence Flannigan was awarded the Neighborhood College ULGA award.
The Urban League of Greater Atlanta has served more than 4.000 Atlantans through an array of programs funded by the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, local, federal and state governments, as well as corporations and foundations.
Nancy Flake Johnson President and
CEO of the Urban League of Greater Atlanta thanked the sponsors Cox Enterprises,Southwest Airlines,GEICO and all the other sponsors. State Farm gave the ULGA a great boost by presenting ULGA with a check for $55.’000 at the Spirit of the League Luncheon Award Reception.
Entertainment ,was the band Fusion a funky jazz and R&B ensemble formed by 15- year old bassist Malik Compton.
“I hope that you will be motivated
as I always am and that you will make a commitment to actively support The Urban League of Greater Atlanta as a donor,a volunteer an advisor,an employer,an educator- and any other way that is comfortable for you” said Board Chair, Nick Nelson .
The 5th Annual Spirit Of The League
Luncheon was a great success.
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Author: Isabelle Doll Ngcobo